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July 6, 2008

Garden Monitor Project using a Picaxe Microcontroller

at 5:31 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

 If you are interested in seeing what is going on with your garden this Garden Monitor Project is something you should take a look at. It is using a Picaxe microcontroller and has an interesting home brew communication process. All of the schematics and source code are also provided.

"One day we had a good hard rain and I could see it the graph of the data; the surface temperature suddenly dropped, the light intensity dipped, the humidity rose, and the three inch moisture sensors indicated an increase. Later that day I was on the phone with my girlfriend and she said it had also rained early in the morning (I must have slept through it;) I looked at the data again and there it was… now that I knew what to look for I could see from the data that it started raining at about 05:10 in the morning. That’s when it struck me that this thing really does work!"

 

 

 


 

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15 Responses to “Garden Monitor Project using a Picaxe Microcontroller”

  1. kb Says:

    Working Link?

  2. Almost_There Says:

    KB;

    The Link works, but it’s a free service and only one person an hour can view the page. That’s GeoCities for ya’.

    Anyone know of a better, free Web Hosting Service?

    Good Luck!
    Ken_S.

  3. Rouss Says:

    I set up a mirror to the site at http://rousslabs.googlepages.com/GardenMon.html though I didn’t catch the source code, yet.

  4. Rouss Says:

    You could use Googlepages as a free host but it is very simple and can’t do many special things like php or js. Not sure how it compares to GeoCities but can’t be any worse.

  5. kb Says:

    Got It! Thanks Ken and Rouss

  6. Gadgets Says:

    Alan – this kind of monitoring is great. I think that what we’ll wind up with is something between your hack and the product available at http://www.plantsense.com/

    I kill everything I plant so I need SOMETHING to tell me what the heck in going on and recommend changes.

  7. LJ Says:

    Can someone tell me how to access the java code for this item?

  8. Alan Parekh Says:

    Have a look here
    http://www.geocities.com/GardenMon/

  9. Almost_There Says:

    I never posted the Java Code.

  10. LJ Says:

    Could you post the java code?

  11. Almost_There Says:

    The Java Code is Copyrighted; Is this for your personal use, or for a business?

  12. LJ Says:

    Just curious to see it…nevermind.

  13. Brian Connell Says:

    Good day – I see that your Java code is not published. I have a home project on the go at the moment for which your project would be ideal. Is there any chance of getting a copy of your code? Strictly for personal use only. I’d be extremely grateful.
    Thanks

  14. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Brian,

    It was only featured here. I am not sure there is an email address listed on the page that it linked to in the article but if there is that would be your best bet.

  15. Rashad Aunkst Says:

    Good Morning i read your blog frequently and wanted to wish you all the best for the New Year!

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