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Making Monday – Plant Sensor

There are several ways that you can tell if a plant needs water, touching the soil to see if it’s dry or looking to see if the leaves are drooping are just a couple. Or you can look at your Plant Monitor and see if it’s flashing!

It’s an electronic sensor that can tell if the soil requires moisture and I built one from a kit from Maplin yesterday. The kit included a circuit board and components which needed to be soldered together.

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The circuit board with some resistors placed

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The back of the board showing some of the soldering

I’ve soldered kits before like the Crab Bot which I would link to here but I can’t find the post where I first mentioned it! D’oh!

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Soldering in progress

Soldering can appear scary but it really isn’t. Doug taught me how to solder but if you have a HackSpace near you, you may be able to learn there.

And here’s ┬áthe Plant Sensor in situ.

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Sensor in plant pot

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