Introduction

In this guide, we are going to give a modern touch to gardening and connect some informations about your garden to the Internet. We are going to use a soil moisture & temperature sensor connected to an Arduino and a WiFi chip to automatically send measurements from your garden to the cloud.

We'll use a service call Carriots to handle the data and display it nicely on a webpage. Then, an email or SMS alert can be send to you automatically if the moisture falls below a given threshold. The picture below represents the system when fully assembled and with the sensor buried into the soil next to a plant:
Don't worry, you don't actually need to have a garden or even plants (although we think plants are great to have) to use the content of this article: what you are going to learn can be used for any remote measurement projects. Let's dive into the project!
This guide was first published on Jan 10, 2014. It was last updated on Oct 19, 2018. This page (Introduction) was last updated on May 04, 2015.