About This Project
I have made this project because I want to automate the process of growing some vegetables, small fruits like strawberry and another home herbs. The box (vertical farm) is completely automated with self watering, self growing with new LED lighting. Self controllable...only picking up the crop is not automated:D
I already put some lettuce, and you can see the progress for about 4 days in this pictures bellow:
I am using the lighting for cycle of 20/4 (20 hours with light, 4 without). This project include also a remote node, so you can control your plants outside the box. The remote node is with solar panel. I run it for about 1 week and there is not so much sun. The battery is still in good condition.
1x Power Supply 220v - 12v
1x Raspberry Pi 3
To the raspberry I have connected:
1x No IR Camera Board ( I plan to use the NOIR camera to detect the plant health. More about the method that I will use can be found [here](https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/whats-that-blue-thing-doing-here/ and here). I want to use NDVI analysis of Infragram project.
1x Official Raspberry Pi 3 Display
5x Relay Modules (I plan to install more because I want to use rails to automatic fix the light surface close to the plants).
3x DS18B20 Temperature Sensors
1x SHT10 Sensor
1x BMP180 Sensor
1x TSL2561 Sensor
1x DHT11 Sensor
1x Arduino Uno Module connected to the raspberry pi.
The arduino is with special Open Garden Shield. On this shield I have:
1x Temperature Sensor
1x Luminosity Sensor
I can also connect DS18B20 and DHT22 but I don't need them right now.
To the arduino I have connected the Remote Node, which has the following sensors:
1xSoil Moisture Sensor
Triggers & Alerts
I use triggers and alerts to control the logic of the box:
- LED control
- Fan Control
I plan to add more.
I use the scheduling for Irrifation ON/OFF and for restarting the Pi.
(How did you use Cayenne's Scheduling feature?)
Photos of the Project
(Take some pictures of your project living in the wild!)
What I have planned
I planned to add flow sensor, so I can detect how much water is going waste, and also a separate irrigation fuse for every plant as the following (this may cause double the pump power):
TimeLapse Video of growing: