Calling all Garden Geeks!

GardenGeek.org showcases open source and open hardware projects for gardeners, urban farmers, and agricultral geeks. We love DIY instructible tutorials, arduino projects, open source apps, and open weather stations. If you find a cool project that you would like to share, feel free to edit any GardenGeek.org page.

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A long time ago, in a garden far far away

Last January, I started searching for tools to help me grow my garden. I'm a lazy software hacker by profession, and a planner by nature. I wanted tools to help me create a garden calendar and plot out my garden, and some electronics to automatically water my plants in the summer.

I never found any really good freely available tools, and certainly no open source tools, so I gave up and started writing my own. I ended up creating several different projects, including an Android app called ColdSnap that notifies of incoming frosts, a garden calendaring/todo list tool, and an Arduino-based watering system, loosely based off the Garduino. You can find those tools on github.

This January, I presented my tools at Linux Conference Australia in a talk called "Growing food with Open Source". I was amazed by the interest from the conference attendees, and by how many people told me about geeky garden projects I had never heard of. There was one person who told me they had already developed a project similar to the Garduino, but they were too worried about being in front of an audience to ever present it!

Of course, I wanted to keep in contact with all the awesome garden hackers at LCA, and hear about any projects they were working on. I realized there was no online representation for this community, where people combine their technology and science expertise with their passion for gardening. So I created it.

Welcome to GardenGeek.org!

I hope you can contribute to this community, or use this site to find a cool garden project to work on.

There's several ways you can contribute to GardenGeek.org:

  • Want to get some help on a project?
    Join the GardenGeekery Google group.

  • Know of a really cool project?
    Add a link to the Projects page.

  • Read an interesting article on garden science?
    Add a note to the Science page.

  • Want to talk about your awesome garden project?
    Contribute a blog post.
    (Email sarah@thesharps.us and ask for blog posting permissions for your username first).

  • Just want to see what we're up to?
    Follow GardenGeekery on twitter or Identica, or become a fan on Facebook

Posted Thu Mar 17 03:52:52 2011

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