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lost_and_confused

Jul 01, 2012, 03:16 am Last Edit: Jul 15, 2012, 07:15 am by CrossRoads Reason: 1
Mr Google hasn't been too helpful, so I thought I would ask here.

Although I am still working on a project, the next one is raising its head.

Watering plants.  Not rocket science, I know.

My "situation" is that I have a "reserve" of water in a tank and I have 5 plants/pots.  Different sizes/different needs for amount of water per pot.

My basic idea was to have a daily/set period to water them.

Call it daily only for simplicity.

Each day, the unit checks there is water in the tank, turns on a pump, opens solenoid 1 for x seconds, repeats for 2 to 5 then shuts down.

It doesn't need to be "high pressure" water, and a valve would be included so the water line could "vent" back into the tank if the line pressure was too high.

There would also be a "rain detector" so if it is "bucketing down" it doesn't water the plants.

When the water level gets below a certain point, it lights an LED and I know it is time to fill the tank again.


florinc

Nice. Did you select the parts (pump, sensors etc)?

lost_and_confused

No not yet.

I am trying (yeah, right) to keep it simple.

Basically there will be a pump; 5 (unless I get more pots) solenoids; a vent valve and a rain sensor.
Oh, sorry:  And an LED.

Sensors?  You mean for the rain detection?  No not yet.  Don't know how to detect rain electronically yet.


florinc

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You mean for the rain detection?

If this is for outdoors, then why not use a sprinkler-kind-of-system powered on a timer?

lost_and_confused

The pots are "local" to me, and though are out doors, are not in a garden as such.

They are undercover and there is no way I can use sprinklers to water them.  Too wasteful.

This way I am using the water I gather (GREY water as it is called) and using it to water the plants if/when they need it.

Reading another thread, maybe instead of "rain detection" I put sensors in the pots with detect the moisture of the soil.
Basically two nails.  One to +5v, and the other an analogue input.

I'm still scoping the idea.

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