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This project adds solar powered sensors and home automation to my vegetable garden and transmits the data using MQTT for review and control on a mobile app.

The canopy protects the vegetables from deer, squirrels and other pests. It also reduces weeds and mitigates harsh weather. Yet the permeable canopy doesn’t block sun light, rain or fresh air. There are 4 pods that utilize a wicking system to water the plants from below. Underneath the platform in each pod is a reservoir. Irrigation water drains through the soil and is collected. Vegepod claims, the vegetables can last for weeks without watering once the reservoirs are full. There’s a built-in mist sprayer on the top of the canopy that I have connected to an automated sprinkler valve.”

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