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  • BrianA89 commented on jenfoxbot's instructable Raspberry Pi Irrigation Controller3 years ago
    Raspberry Pi Irrigation Controller

    I'm really having an issue with getting started on this, I kind of want to create my own idea/project as I talked about before however, I am completely new at this and don't really know where to begin. Is there any simple low cost projects/kits you can recommend for me as something to sort of get the basics of how each part works so I can apply that knowledge to creating my own ideas?

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  • BrianA89 commented on jenfoxbot's instructable Raspberry Pi Irrigation Controller3 years ago
    Raspberry Pi Irrigation Controller

    Actually, my current setup is one where I use a reservoir to store my nutrient solution (So that I am able to add nutrients evenly as well as balancing the PH afterwards). After this is completed I measure the water needed for each plant out myself and water them by hand. My idea would be to most likely buy a new reservoir with the ability for water to flow out through a nozzle then add a system that can push water to each plant, sort of like a sprinkler system I guess but would be calibrated for the amount of water and (I'm hoping) is able to include a pipe to each plant individually. I'm thinking I would most likely need to create more than one system eventually but for the moment I'm looking at one system that waters a few plants at the same time with a gallon of water. This is to ...

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    Actually, my current setup is one where I use a reservoir to store my nutrient solution (So that I am able to add nutrients evenly as well as balancing the PH afterwards). After this is completed I measure the water needed for each plant out myself and water them by hand. My idea would be to most likely buy a new reservoir with the ability for water to flow out through a nozzle then add a system that can push water to each plant, sort of like a sprinkler system I guess but would be calibrated for the amount of water and (I'm hoping) is able to include a pipe to each plant individually. I'm thinking I would most likely need to create more than one system eventually but for the moment I'm looking at one system that waters a few plants at the same time with a gallon of water. This is to keep it simple for the moment while I figure out how the system will work. I bought the Raspberry Pi a week ago and this is my first experience with using a micro-controller/mini computer so I am trying to take baby steps.

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  • BrianA89 commented on jenfoxbot's instructable Raspberry Pi Irrigation Controller3 years ago
    Raspberry Pi Irrigation Controller

    Thanks for the reply! I'm attempting to modify the project to fit my needs and waiting on some parts. I have a vegetable garden with many plants and I am currently using a reservoirs so I am able to evenly add nutrients and balance PH levels in the water to properly fit the needs depending on the plant. I'd like to get to the point of only having to fill these reservoirs and have the automated system water them every so often but it's looking on the pricey side at the moment with having to buy several valves. I guess my question would be if you know of any simpler methods of getting this done. Your help is greatly appreciated and I'll be sure to keep you updated on my progress!

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  • BrianA89 commented on jenfoxbot's instructable Raspberry Pi Irrigation Controller3 years ago
    Raspberry Pi Irrigation Controller

    Not sure if you're still on here but I have a few questions,Could a reservoir be used instead for the water supply?Also, I am just starting to look into doing this project but I need to have multiple watering sites, is this possible with this project?Finally, Is there a set amount of water that is given and it there a way to control/measure that amount? My assumption is it is solely based on the amount of time the water is flowing, if this is the case is there a way to expand the project to be able to measure water more accurately?

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