I’m new to SmartThings and love the world of potential that this open up. I’m an avid gardener and my first thoughts would be how to make my garden even smarter.
The initial vision I have to automate the watering of my garden. Most people who think about this, think in terms of timers. I really don’t like this idea that much as it doesn’t take into account current weather conditions and how much water the plants need at a given time. Hence most of the time, you end up using more water than you need to.
In gardening circles, people are just starting to think about using soil moisture sensors to determine the current needs of the plants. Unfortunately, this is currently a mostly manual process and hence doesn’t seem much wide spread adoption.
I would like to employ the use of various soil moisture sensors, water valves and smartthings to bring some intelligence to my garden beds. Note, in the end I am likely to want one sensor and valve per garden bed as each vegetable crop has different requirements.
My current problem is knowing where to start?
I know that the hardware exists:
But which one do I get? I understand that even if the device itself doesn’t have bluetooth or zwave, assuming the device is electronic ThingsModule to hook it into the system, but noting being an electronics guru, I’m not sure what I need to look for in a candidate device or how I would begin to join the two together.
I am willing to learn the electronics required to get things working, but I need some help getting started. Does anyone have any ideas?