As a new homeowner, establishing a backyard vegetable garden has been a big priority for my family since day one.
The fact that said home is located in the searing heart of the Sonoran Desert didn’t deter me from carefully designing and building a few raised beds, hanging custom trellises, bringing in a mixture of compost and soil, and providing automatic irrigation to the whole setup. The environment did, however, seem to deter our vegetables from growing properly! Not only do the deserts of Arizona reach ridiculously high temperatures each summer, but our soil composition swings from rocky aggregate to solid clay, neither of which are great for growing. To add insult to injury, even our water supply works against the would-be gardener: our water is more alkaline and salty than most vegetables like. In the end, while we have managed to sprout a good variety of fruits & vegetables (they last a few weeks), our hard work has yielded little more than a few cucumbers and green onions.
I have access to an RPMA DevKit and a handful of sensors, and sometimes I appear to know how to use them! With the Machine Network fully deployed in my neck of the woods, I think I may put together a proof of concept in time for our first early spring harvest. Wish me luck!