Tuesday: Continue to collect data with sensors and continue research on Arugula.
Wednesday: Start Designing deck sun room and herb greenhouse
Thursday: Continue to work on deck sun room
Saturday/Sunday: Continue design on deck sun room
In conclusion while above might not be a totally exhaustive list I would suggest they are the keys to your success as a grower or a gardener. It is all about managing the system that is the environment. You need to measure your variables, record the measurements, and make adjustments where needed. If you do those things you can have success.
Today just wanted to spend quick time to discuss an important idea that has reach past growing your own food and is the crux of this blog. That is a way to think about executing things in life. That is of course by thinking in systems. I will tailor it to growing in a subsequent post but will also share general ideas.
Thinking and working in systems gives you a solid framework for making decisions and executing things in your life. It looks at the underpinnings of how things work and how to get results you want. It requires initial and continued discipline, but delivers results, time freedom, and outcomes! Look for my post on growing systems!
I have made the decision for my automation to only worry about the sensor portion of the growing operation. For now it to me is safer to continue to use the basic outlet timers as I learn more about handling mains power with microcontrollers and relays. They serve the purpose I need right now and are around 10-15 dollars so are a cheap addition. The next level would be to be able be a little more precise based on soil situation to add water etc, but I don’t even have the environmental sensors built yet. So the next phase is to get those built.
I will be utilizing the arduino board I have to hook the sensors up to. I also have a relay board that I can use to interface many of the sensors with so the board has more space if needed. I will use my raspberry pi to control/collect data for this arduino board. I will be testing the following things.
Tonight I will be going through the varibles I will be using for my diet problem. That will set the stage for the solver so that I can appropriately determine what to grow and how much of each thing. Those varibles are of course the amounts of vegetables, fruits, herbs etc that I will need to grow to support my lifestyle. That again as I have mentioned many times drives the entire project needs.
Below is the table of food items that I would like to potentially grow. It is a fairly ambitous list and more than likely some items maybe cut. Items like coffee(which would be sooo awesome to grow!), plaintains, avocados, etc. might not work due to size and resource requirements. So the list will be scrubbed down to more essential items required for nutrition and that are more achieveable. Also next to the items are many times the prep type so there are few multiples due to consuming them in different ways. There are 60 items in all with 3 another 3 being eggs, crayfish, and perch. So those would be animals/fish I will need to raise.
One other thing to point out is I have nutrient values for all of these so that I can have numbers for the solver. Those numbers come from the USDA National Nutrient Database. It is a very exhaustive and great resoure for this task. It has more nutrients listed than I have ever heard of and it also has a ton of food items. I really enjoyed using it and you should too for this kind of project. Let me know what you think!
|Green Pepper(Sweet, sauteed)|
|Red pepper(sweet, sauteed)|