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DIYer’s Unique Take on Self-Sustaining Solar Powered Backyard Hydroponics

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Maker Dan Beaven creates an elaborate automated solar-powered hydroponic garden

  • With the goal of automation in mind, this build is chock-full of sensors to tap into the behaviour of the system
  • An Arduino microcontroller is the brain of this hydroponic garden build
  • A lot of his materials were purchased from a local hardware store with exception of some of the sensors and controllers.

Maker Dan Beaven managed to create a pretty elaborate self-sustaining hydroponic garden in his backyard. Dan seems to know his way around electronics and this is one of the more advanced arduino-powered builds that we’ve seen.

A lot of his materials were purchased from a local hardware store and hydroponics shop with exception of some of the sensors and controllers.

A lot of his materials were purchased from a local hardware store and hydroponics shop with exception of some of the sensors and controllers.

Courtesy: Dan Beaven

The design makes use of gravity by mounting the pipes on a slant-allowing the nutrient-rich water to naturally flow through each pipe and feed the roots of the plants as it’s pumped through.

The design makes use of gravity by mounting the pipes on a slant-allowing the nutrient-rich water to naturally flow through each pipe and feed the roots of the plants as it's pumped through.

Courtesy: Dan Beaven

Holes were drilled along the pipe to make holders for netted pots. Courtesy: Dan Beaven

Holes were drilled along the pipe to make holders for netted pots. Courtesy: Dan Beaven

Dan’s goal in this build seems to have been complete automation of the garden using a huge number of sensors.

Hydroponic Garden Electronics

Courtesy: Dan Beaven

The final product isn't exactly pretty but the first results seem to be pretty good! Courtesy: Dan Beaven

The final product isn’t exactly pretty but the first results seem to be pretty good! Courtesy: Dan Beaven

For a more detailed description and build log, please visit Dan’s blog here: http://3dprintzothar.blogspot.ca/2016/06/diy-backyard-hydroponic-garden.html

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