Added by on 2017-03-31

Gardening in the modern age means making things more complicated and arduous, with electrons, bits, and bytes. Behold: the garduino. My brother got me an arduino microcontroller board for Christmas, which to me was a solution looking for a problem. I finally found the problem: fresh herbs are expensive at the grocery store. But apparently not as expensive as adding a bunch of sensors and electronics to your garden. Build one yourself or just poke around in the code: Thanks to my brother, Graham, for the Arduino board and editing the narration. Thanks to Chris from YouTube channel AvE ( for the tips on soil moisture sensors and water hammer. Most of the parts in this build came from Combining microcontrollers and gardening is a really popular idea. I think that’s because gardens have very simple inputs and outputs that are easy to wrap your head around. I guess people (myself included) see a notoriously simple and relaxed hobby and can’t help but feel compelled to overcomplicate it. But just about anyone can connect the dots between “Garden needs water” and “I am not a responsible human being who is capable of remembering to water a garden every day” and realize, “Hey, I can use technology to overcome my personal shortcomings,” and more than that, “I can bend technology to my will and that will feel good to my ego and my sense of self-worth.” After all, no one’s hobby is to buy an irrigation controller off the shelf of a hardware store. Thanks for watching, and let me know what you think. A few technical details below… If there’s anything I didn’t address, feel free to shoot me a question in the comments. Moisture sensors that measure the resistance or conductivity across the soil matrix between two […]

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  • Melissa Amped 10 months ago

    Could you please suggest me a good IoT Sensor Data Platform? I have two inhouse projects and I wish to upload the data to a platform to see cool graphs and compare. Thank you in advance.

  • Team Nova 10 months ago

    did u mean farm bot (which can weed and other things)

  • Yard Coder 10 months ago


  • Miralem Sestovic 10 months ago

    great job,congrats ! i think ill start now to make mine garenuino also from ur code ! TY

  • Emiliano Barros 10 months ago

    What did you use to make the plots? It would be nice to transfer automatically the data to a pc via wifi-

  • 1:51 Beer while designing. Yup, hes a real engineer!

  • Jormar Arellano 10 months ago


  • deleteaman 10 months ago

    I really like this channel. Always has something new for me to learn. I learn a lot more on this channel than in my college classes lol

  • Joe Root 10 months ago

    I like your presentation and brutal honesty. Great job.

  • Kristian Grönberg 10 months ago

    if it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing

  • Patrick Stoops 10 months ago

    Nice project but there is still some work to do in the garden.

  • frenchiveruti 10 months ago

    OMG you have a transistor dog!

  • Ciprian Ciprian 10 months ago

    This is a very nice project, however you cheated. You got help from your cat

  • Joe Estes 10 months ago

    your basil looked really good!

  • Jeff Smith 10 months ago

    3:13 Too be honest that is why I am making a Garduino.

  • chreshcat 10 months ago

    Great video! Have you ever looked at wicking beds? I think a wicking bed setup with your automation concept would work so well / save you water.

  • HugoOfficial 10 months ago

    Heh I like you

  • Tom Jerry 10 months ago

    "I want to make cool graphs"…….I agree with this assesment

  • Alex AKaravas 10 months ago

    Any update?