Introduction: Power Your Flower
Are you tired of your plants dying because you don't water them or you oversaturate them? Do you forget to water your plants? Do you simply not know when to water your plant? Power Your Flower is the solution to all your problems!
Power Your Flower uses a moisture sensor to monitor the saturation level of your plant's soil. A red LED is lit when you need to water your plant, and a green LED is lit when the proper soil saturation level is achieved. Check out this instructable to learn how to make it!
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Step 1: Gather Materials
You Will Need:
- 18 1 inch Screws
- 1 Hinge
- 15.5" x 6" (3)
- 7" x 6" (2)
- 5.5" x 5.25" (1)
- 6" x 7.75" (1)
- Spray Paint of your choice (We used yellow and black)
- Sharpie to decorate
- Plastic trash bag to line box
- Duct tape
- Arduino from SparkFun Inventor's Kit for SparkFun RedBoard
- HDMI connector
- Wall Converter
- Male-Male Wires (12)
- Female-Female Wires (6)
- LED (2 - one red, one green)
- Soil Moisture Sensor and accessories
- Plant of your choice
Step 2: Build the Pot
1. Cut wood into correct dimensions
2. Predrill holes for the screws to go in using a 7/64 bit. See pictures for placement.
3. Line up wood and screw in screws. Use a screwdriver for the last quarter of an inch.
4. After pot base is assembled, put the 5.5" x 5.25" piece into the middle of the box to separate the electronics and plant portion of the pot.
5. Put on the lid and attach with the hinge.
6. Drill 2 small holes large enough for the LEDs to fit through the top of the lid as pictured (Views for above and under lid). They should be about a half an inch apart.
7. Drill a hole in the electronics side for the cord to run through. Use a 1/2 drill bit for best results.
8. Paint and decorate box as desired.
Step 3: Code and Assemble the Arduino
1. Follow the code shown in the picture.
2. Wire the circuit as shown in the pictures (Multiple angles and views are shown.)
- MAKE SURE to put the long and short ends of the LEDs in the correct wires or your circuit will not be complete.
Step 4: Put It All Together
1. Place the Arduino board into the electronics side.
2. Feed the power cord through the hole drilled on the side and connect to outlet.
3. Put the LEDs through the holes in the lid and connect to circuit.
4. Line the plant side with a plastic trash bag. Duct tape to hold in place.
5. Get soil and the plant of your choice.
6. Enjoy Power Your Flower!!
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Outside Contest 2016