I’m a hobby mushroom grower for edibles - lionsmane, shiitake, oysters, winecaps - and am interested in using arduino to develop an automated humidity/fresh air exchange system for a very small container. This will be a trial run for feasibility before moving on up to larger and larger greenhouses. Also a trial run for programming as I’ve never programmed anything independently before.
The setup I have now is straightforward: a shotgun fruiting chamber (SGFC) with a fluorescent light on a timer that’s plugged into a wall outlet (SGFC attachment).
Drawbacks of this setup: in order to maintain humidity and fresh air circulation, I’m having to manually go into the tank several times a day to mist the cakes and fan fresh air. The more often I can do this the greater the yield will be. But I’ve got things to do, places to be! I can’t be sitting around misting and fanning all day long.
Ideally, I’d like to have an arduino system that looks something like this (SGFC_auto) attachment. Light runs on a 12h on/off cycle, and the mister and fan run for 5-10 minutes every hour during the light cycle.
Pump I’d have is this guy, placed into a rainwater reservoir (shrooms don’t like tap water, who knew!) connected to a mister mounted on the side of the SGFC:
Fan would just be a 5V computer fan.
These are my questions:
Can I drive a 120V, 15W fluorescent bulb off of an arduino, or do I leave it connected to the outlet timer?
Where can I go to learn about how to program the pump and fan to work?
If I choose to add this functionality, what are the best (read: cheapest) ways to monitor humidity and CO2?
Thank you so much for reading and considering - I look forward to reading any sage wisdom you might have! Even if it’s RTFM, n00b XD