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Postby panamint_patty » Wed Jun 25, 2014 6:45 am

Give your garden a tech boost :sun:
The last gadget mentioned here is a little expensive, but it might be helpful for dealing with a problem plant. I don't know if it gives soil PH info, but it does say something about fertilizer.
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Re: Garden Tech

Postby BallaratBob » Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:01 am

Soil Moisture Detection Module - Easily Calibrated! :smart:
This might be taking DIY a little too far, but it's an interesting project for electronics nerds!
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Re: Garden Tech

Postby pcslim » Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:34 am

Better Homes & Gardens - High Tech Gardening :thumb:
I probably should have posted this one to the irrigation thread, but it works here almost as well since the focus is on the tech part of the irrigation issue.
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Re: Garden Tech

Postby dzrtdwg » Tue Aug 26, 2014 8:34 am

How about some robots that hunt down and kill garden pests. Small rodents, insects, birds, and even cats can be a nuisance in the garden and using robots to kill them would not involve the use of toxic chemicals. Double win for the environment!
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Re: Garden Tech

Postby hungrybill » Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:24 am

dzrtdwg: I like your idea and if I had a little more of the entrepreneurial spirit in me I might even work on developing a prototype. I'd call it The Exterminator and basically I see it as a small robot armed with some kind of deadly lazer. The trick would be getting it to distinguish between unwanted pests and children and that would be harder than you might think since even us human adults sometimes have a difficult time telling the difference between them! LOL
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Re: Garden Tech

Postby recluse » Mon May 09, 2016 7:53 am

hungrybill: So would your Exterminator clean up after itself? Owners probably wouldn't want to have their yards littered with the carcasses of dead mice or other rodents, large insects, birds, or the occasional cat. As for human children, that could be a problem too, especially if the neighbor kids are unruly and the type who like to explore around more than is good for them.
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Re: Garden Tech

Postby hungrybill » Tue May 10, 2016 7:48 am

recluse: Thank you for your interest in our The Exterminator pest control product. Allow me to direct you to our website at noRatLeftAlive.com and for more questions you can call customer service at 1-800-DEAD-BUG. It's been a pleasure being of service to you. Please stop by one of our stores for a demonstration.
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Re: Garden Tech

Postby tronagirl » Thu May 12, 2016 4:02 pm

Building a Network of Farmers Driven By “What If?”
It's not uncommon for an apple that you buy at the grocery store to be fourteen months old. Freshness and nutrition go hand in hand and so that's not a good thing!
This huge, analog “farm” built by our predecessors is a snarled cats-cradle of crisscrossed strings between origin and destination, shipment and storage. And with the advent of natural-resource scarcity, flattening yields, loss of biodiversity, changing climates, environmental degradation, and booming urban populations, we’re hurtling toward its natural limit.

LINK: https://medium.com/near-future/building-a-network-of-farmers-driven-by-what-if-f093f5c5a305
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Re: Garden Tech

Postby wildrose » Fri May 13, 2016 8:24 am

tronagirl: Excellent article. Thank you for sharing. Depending on how long one of those food computers lasts it could be a good and cost effective use of resources or not. Creating an artificial environment like that must be pretty cost intensive and although the value of super fresh and fully ripened food should not be underestimated, the actual cost of growing food in that way is probably quite high compared to more traditional agricultural methods.
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Re: Garden Tech

Postby panamint_patty » Sun Oct 02, 2016 6:53 am

How This Food Computer Will Allow Anyone to Be a Farmer
Using thirty data points this unit creates the perfect environment for optimal plant growth.
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