Need help! Making an automated garden.
First off hello all :) I was excited to find the forums here because I am in desperate need of help from some experienced gardeners.
I am college student working in the field of computer science. I have decided to create an automated garden as a fun project. There's only one problem though... I know nothing about gardening :(
So I was hoping that there would be some kind souls out there who would take pity on me and aid me in my quest. Pretty please?
I think a description of my situation would be appropriate.
Veggies I would like to grow: Tomatoes, carrots, onions, broccoli, peppers, lettuce, and cucumber.
I used a website called smart gardener to layout my garden based on spacing requirements so I don't think I'll run into any problems there.
My garden is split up into 3 even sections. Each section will be on it's own watering system. Each section will also have one soil moisture sensor.
I also have a temperature sensor and a light level sensor.
So the whole point of this is to create an excellent fool proof watering system. Using electronics and computer wizardry and can use the data from all of these sensors to determine when and how much to water each garden area on an individual basis.
This is where you come in hopefully :) It doesn't help that I can do all of this great stuff if I don't know anything about when and how much to water these plants.
The only thought I have had so far is that I should probably separate the plants into the three areas by their water requirements. Since I will only have one sensor for the entire area it should be placed somewhere that will give an accurate reading of the average moisture level of the soil in that section.
Any help would be terrific. :)