The garden station is a common location to hook up sensors and protect all the
wiring. This one module is essentially a junction box for several
different sensors as well as being a good location to mount the light
sensor (or other things).
The garden station would be a
great location for a solar panel and a Wi-Fi module. There
is currently no support for this, but if anyone is interested in exploring these directions, see note on the About page on advanced options
(see the parts page)
- a wood stake
- plastic soda bottle
- bolts and nuts
- junction box or other wire connectors
To start, you need to find a location in your garden for the garden
station. This will be where you will setup the sensors, and run the
communication link back to the brain. So you will want a location that
convenient for you to be able to get to it, and has sort of average
environmental conditions -- soil, light.
this location, you will be sinking the wood stake into the ground and
attaching stuff to it to make the station. The wood stake is just a
good sturdy location for you to bolt / tie / otherwise secure the
wires, circuits, and sensors that will let you and your GardenBot know
what is going on in your garden.
You will also need to run wire from this garden station back to the brain module -- see the note on "Running wires to remote modules" on the how-to page
To make the finished garden station you will need the wood stake, the
plastic water bottle, a junction box or some wire connectors (see parts
), and a
couple of bolts and nuts. In a similar fashion to the brain module, a garden station will be specific to the application. So we have a diagram rather than photos.
As you can see in the diagram on the left, the steps are as follows.
by attaching the electronics to the wood stake. You can use a wire to
tie it to the stake, or preferably you can use a bolt and nut to create
a more permanant connection. The wires that hang down should be secured
to the stake with twist-ties or similar. This will keep all the wiring
clean and out of the way when you are working in the garden with
shovels and other big unfriendly tools.
Next you will create the
cover. To do this, cut the top off the plastic water bottle. The
remaining bottom of the bottle will be inverted (turned upside down)
and used as the cover for the station. To attach the cover to the wood
stake, drill a hole and use a bolt and wing-nut assembly to make it
easy to remove the cover for service.