Added by on 2018-08-13

In the long run I want to make an automated garden setup indoors, with hydroponics and wireless data logging. In this first part I’m beginning it all by creating a little automated watering system for seeds using an arduino and some moisture sensors. I’ll try to grow some herbs as the first test. Gardening With Cody series: Music by Epidemic Sound. Want a 30-day free trial? Check it: Our Patreon: Schematic: Coming soon Code: Coming soon PARTS USED: – Grow Light LED Strip: – Submersible pump: – Moisture Sensors: – Arduino: – 8mm tubing: – Breadboard: – Jumper wires: FOLLOW: Website – Facebook – Instagram – Twitter – CONTACT: Related PostsAutomated Indoor Gardening SystemAVA Byte: World’s Best Automated Indoor Smart Garden. Get #AVAByte Now at AVAgrows.comAutomated Indoor Vertical Grow Wall with LED Lighting + More at CES 2017Arduino Raspberry Pi Automated Indoor Farming Control and Data MonitoringArduino Raspberry Pi Automated Indoor Farming Control and Data MonitoringCityCrop – Automated Indoor Farming




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  • explore outdoors 11 months ago

    Plants need space…you have deprived them of that…you nerded it all up its supposed to be simple

  • Baka Pierre 11 months ago

    where is the update? or has it not been done yet? I wanna see some growth. get your mind out of the gutter

  • Chris Douglas 11 months ago

    I already have one and I love it I am getting another one now love these>>>  . They are very easy to set up and to maintain they are fantastic .

  • Gardenisto 11 months ago

    I've been watching some nerdforge videos, and like what you guys are doing. From experience, I think you will have some future issues with corrosion and bad readings on the soil moisture sensors. There are methods to prevent that, but not with the sensors you are using. Also you can save the hassle/issues by switching to hydroponics, and ebb flow, or just spray/drip system on a timer. I recently posted a diy mini aquaponcs ebb flow system with free 3d print files. I think you could tweak and utilize.

    Here are some links similar to your project, or may be helpful.

    One last note, I don't see any Lumens output specs on the LEDs you are linking to, but that height, plus the unknown lumen and saturation/light angle, could cause your plants to sprout in a weak and spindly sort of way, if they are sufficient at all. I learned that with anything over 3" using 1watt per channel rgb LEDs here:

    Maybe I am late to the game and just missed the update. If not, I hope you post an update, revisit, and make the improvements with the ESP mcu you mentioned. Looking forward to seeing more on this.

  • Edward G 11 months ago

    Er du norsk ?

  • Li-Chun CHEN 11 months ago

    This is an inspiring idea for self-sustainability, Keep it up! It's Ligit!

  • Veaceslav Botnaru 11 months ago

    hm.. why you need 3 sensors if you don't control each box individually ?

  • Guus te Woerd 11 months ago

    Wich relay do You user?

  • Markus Szögi 11 months ago

    Just ordered components, want to do the same, just the code is still missing… Please!!!

  • Mr. Zombie 11 months ago

    Cody wasts too much time talking. Please dont follow in his example. Plus his "experiments" isnt real science

  • Black Beard Projects 11 months ago

    Haha!! I knew it!! Seriously I immediately thought about Cody when I saw your post about this on instagram 🙂 Well done as always!

  • Good to know that you're a fellow fan of cody

  • mkcrew225 11 months ago

    You need to increase the light (By a lot) and uncover the soil. It defeats the purpose of having an auto-waterer if you dont have any evaporation from the soil. With it covered it will get moldy very quickly, and that is a sure way to kill seeds and seedlings.

    I would also add a fan that blows periodically throughout the day.

  • UpAndUps 11 months ago

    Love the videos

  • Donovan Gregg 11 months ago

    I would suggest adding some gravel in the bottom of the containers and some holes to allow water to drain out. Otherwise, you just built a really cheap mold growing machine. Also, maybe do a single pump per box you are monitoring in case there is a different plant that needs a different watering schedule or water saturation. The way you have it setup now is that the lowest common denominator will trigger watering for the whole system. You may have the other two containers over watered, or worse, overflowing with water if one of the sensors fails or reads below the triggering event.

  • Emo!

  • Kelly Phong 11 months ago

    You are going to want to replace those clear tubes and containers with something opaque or you will be constantly cleaning them. Algae will grow anywhere the light is able to get in, including the tubing.

  • Philip Egger 11 months ago

    You wont be happy with these sensors for long. Thres's a steady current flowing between the two electrodes, so electrolysis will slowly eat them up and produce not-so-healthy metal salts which then will be spreadet in your soil…

  • good goat 11 months ago

    Putting the water container and pump on the same level or higher than the delivery tubes would take some stress off of the pump and possibly extend the life of it. There are also inexpensive spray nozzles available on Amazon which might work with the flexible tubing but would work for sure if pvc pipe were to be substituted. A similar concept would work if the system were to be aeroponic and the electronics could be simplified. Great idea with the arduino and sensors, nice inexpensive project.