Using hydroMazing to Monitor your Grow Space

The hydroMazing Smart Garden System does not require an Internet connection in order to grow plants.  The Internet access is for you, the user and administrator of the system and any updates that I release.  Data logged by the system is saved locally on the Raspberry Pi where it is processed. I designed hydroMazing Smart Garden System to grow with you as you become more advanced in your growing knowledge and techniques.  The default system settings are set to grow most herbs and lettuces.  These settings also include the notifications that you will receive when the system detects issues.  

Using Arduino to Wirelessly Control Appliances

The Arduino Uno, and variants, should only be used for directly powering peripheral modules and not devices.  Consider the maximum current consumption when determining what is a device and what is a module. A string of lights is more of a device as opposed to a panel indicator light, motor controller boards are modules, not the motors they drive, MOSFET boards, not the valves or solenoids that they control.

Basic Inventory Management System Web Application

I've spent a great deal of time searching for the right inventory management system for my work.  I want the system to be relatively simple, straightforward, with only the necessary bells and whistles.  Perhaps, even more important to me is the ability to modify the system to suit my needs.  It's rare to find an off-the-shelf product that can be modified or enhanced to suit needs.  Fortunately, there are several open-source projects on GitHub related to Inventory Management System projects.  I need to be able to customize the project to suit my needs.  Similar to WordPress, the project I have selected is written in PHP and uses a MySQL database.

Configure Your Own Internet Router

Connecting all your devices to the Raspberry Pi is very easy, but you want to do it in a specific order so it can recognize all your devices when it boots up. First, connect your HDMI cable to your Raspberry Pi and your monitor, then connect your USB devices. If you’re using an Ethernet cable to connect to your router, go ahead and connect that as well.  Finally, once everything is connected, go ahead and plug in your power adapter. The Raspberry Pi does not have a power switch, so once you connect the power adapter, it’ll turn on all by itself.

The DIY Smart Garden System

My name is Cory, I'm a Technical Craftsman specializing in creative problem solving within electronics and software engineering.  Professionally, I've worked as an electronics engineer, a plastics fabricator, software engineer, an industrial laser technician, and, of course, a coffee barista.  I've spent the last several years working on a Smart Garden System project I named, hydroMazing.  I'm sharing my work with you because I would like to empower everyone who is interested in a "Smart" approach to gardening.

Managing Nutrient Solution Systems

A nutrient solution system typically consists of a two or three part liquid solution containing the essential diet for a plant added to clean tap water.  The manufacturer of the nutrient solution will include or reference a feeding schedule recommended for various common types of plants. Unfortunately, most minerals are mined and processed by the manufacturers, however, many offer an organic option while some specialize in only organic.

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