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January 9, 2015 AT 2:00 pm

Automated Aeroponics System Using Raspberry Pi #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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Great aeroponics project from Instructables user darkstar1.

In this Instructable, we’ll learn how to make an Aeroponics system that’s controlled via the Raspberry Pi, and uses the Raspberry Pi Camera module to take photos of your plants. Aeroponics is a pretty unconventional method of gardening, but that’s what makes it fun!

Aeroponics makes use of mist in a closed environment to provide a plant with the necessary elements to survive. Usually, a plant’s roots are suspended in a mist container, while the rest of the plant sits above the setup. As an indoor setup, aeroponics is compatible with pretty much anything you want to plant and can be used year round! Some other benefits include: a cleaner environment which reduces the need for chemicals and pesticides, conservation of water and space, and consistent yields.

Aeroponics can be used to germinate seeds or develop cuttings all the way to full size. For this Instructable, I’ll be using orange, curry, and lemon cuttings.

Fun Fact: NASA has a history of research in Aeroponics.

You will need:

  • 5 gallon Bucket (Any similar container should work, you’ll just have to adapt)
  • Black spray paint (If your bucket allows in a significant amount of light)
  • Net pots
  • Clay beads
  • Pond Fogger/ any misting device
  • Hole saw (should match the size of your net pots)
  • Clear tubing (1-2 feet will suffice if you’re using a 5 gallon bucket)
  • Watertight sealant
  • Any sort of plastic/lexan (I used some of both)
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Raspberry Pi Camera
  • Jumper wires
  • PowerSwitch Tail II power cord
  • Plant cuttings (keep them in water or gather them during the necessary step so they don’t dry out)
  • Saran Wrap (Optional)

Read more.

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