It's Spring time here in NA, and many like me get into gardening. Of course, one can buy small plants from the local nursery, but where's the fun in that? Most seeds are fairly easy to get started (tomatoes and melons) but when it comes to peppers, it's always a challenge. I've been reading (extensively) and the two key factors that control germination of peppers are temperature and humidity. This is the background for this thread.
The idea is to put the seeds on a heated mat, but if the temp is too high, the seeds 'cook' ...
I want to control the temperature near the seeds by simply turning the heating mat on/off. Here is what I have:
- Arduino Board, and also an ArtemiS (SparkFun, with BLE)
- Temperature Sensor (see below)
- TP-Link Smart Plug HS-100 - Hoping I can control it via BLE
That's my first phase. Later on I want to include humidity control as well, but let's start simple.
Any leads/ideas on how to proceed?
The biggest challenge (to me) is to use the Arduino to turn the smart plug on/off.
Let me hear your ideas!
PS. Now is NOT the time to order extra parts from Amazon as their delivery schedule is not 'feasible'.