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Gardening is a rewarding endeavour, and easily automated for the maker with a green thumb. With simplicity at its focus,  Hackaday.io user [MEGA DAS] has whipped up a automated planter to provide the things plants crave: water, air, and light.

[MEGA DAS] is using a TE215 moisture sensor to keep an eye on how thirsty the plant may be, a DHT11 temperature and humidity sensor to check the airflow around the plant, and a BH1750FVI light sensor for its obvious purpose. To deliver on these needs, a 12V DC water pump and a small reservoir will keep things right as rain, a pair of 12V DC fans mimic a gentle breeze, and a row of white LEDs supplement natural light when required.

The custom board is an Arduino Nano platform, with an ESP01 to enable WiFi capacity and a Bluetooth module to monitor the plant’s status while at home or away. Voltage regulators, MOSFETs, resistors, capacitors, fuses — can’t be too careful — screw header connectors, and a few other assorted parts round out the circuit. The planter is made of laser cut pieces with plenty of space to mount the various components and hide away the rest. You can check out [MEGA DAS]’ tutorial video after the break!

[MEGA DAS] has made his Arduino code and phone app available to download for anyone else wanting to build their own. Once assembled, he can ensure his plant is well taken care of wherever he is with a few taps on his phone. Not too shabby for a seven day build.

For those preferring gardening outdoors, here’s a hack to jump-start the germinating process of your seeds. Even if you call the concrete jungle your home, that doesn’t mean you can’t have your own robot farm and automated compost bin on hand too!

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Creating a moisture sensor system using nails and Intel Galileo (now in the Arduino Store!)

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Manoel Ramon was at Maker Faire Rome last October and created a cool project, in a couple of hours, based on Intel Galileo.

As many of you already know Intel Galileo board is the first product in a new family of Arduino Certified boards featuring Intel architecture. Starting today is also available for purchase in the Arduino Store!

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You can get started with Intel Galileo following the tutorial on the moisture sensor  system made by Manoel. It’s based on two sensors, each of them built using galvanized nails connected to an analog port and making a resistor division with another resistor. The system is simple, cheap and allows you to monitor soil only using nails.

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Check the code and the steps to make it work!



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