I have been thinking about setting up an automated back yard garden. Fresh veggies for the win!
But, I had no idea how to set it all up. Luckily, I was able to go over the basics of automating your garden with Homekit, including setting up a weather station and a method monitor the soil moisture state.
I also learned how to automate lights when someone passes a motion sensor that automatically turns on the lights. You can even automate your garden with the Homekit app!
I am sharing my finding here.
Setting Up An Automated Garden With Homekit
If you’ve ever wanted an automated garden like me, you may wonder how to get started. You’re not alone – I’ve been there too. Several homeowners have done it successfully. Here’s a guide to getting started.
When automating gardening, there are a few things that you can do with Homekit:
- Monitoring the weather.
- Monitor your soil to make sure that it is always appropriately watered.
- Watering and irrigation.
Step 1 – Set Up A Weather Station And Monitoring
Want to track the weather in your garden? No problem! With your trusty iPhone and the Homekit app, you can easily track things like barometric pressure, outdoor temperature, potential rain and frost, and even see the trends over time. Plus, it’s super easy to set up.
We recommend using the Netatmo Weather Station and connecting it to your Homekit network.
Keeping a watchful eye on the weather will help you ensure your plants are getting the right amount of water and sunlight to thrive and keep your garden looking its best.
Netatmo Weather Station
The Netatmo Outdoor Weather Station is popular among gardening enthusiasts and homeowners. It’s easy to set up and will give you real-time readings on:
- UV levels.
- Barometric pressure.
- Rain detection.
It can be easily set up with Homekit and allow you to monitor it remotely through the Home app on your iPhone and 2.4 GHz Wifi network.
You can also use IFTTT and Homekit to help automate it even more.
Step 2 – Monitoring The Soil Moisture
Next, you will want to set up a way to easily monitor the soil moisture level. This is a critical component of gardening because it lets you know exactly how much water your plants are receiving and how much is still left in the soil.
If the soil is too dry, your plants will not thrive. It is also essential to monitor this when watering your plants so that you don’t overwater them or underwater them. This is especially important when planting new plants (or starting seeds) because the soil is dried when you start the process.
The soil can dry out quicker than you think, so it’s essential to ensure you’re giving it the water just the right amount to stay healthy and vibrant.
Monitor the soil moisture of your plants with the help of sensors that measure water in the soil.
Homekit and Gardena sensors are excellent options for this.
Gardena Smart Garden Sensor Kit
The Gardena Smart Garden Sensor Kit is an affordable and reliable option when monitoring soil moisture levels in your garden. It’s easy to set up and works with the Home app, so it can be controlled remotely by your iPhone and can also be used with Homekit and IFTTT to further automate the process.
The sensor can then send signals when the moisture level in the soil is low and needs to be watered or when the moisture level is high and needs to be watered less often.
This can be a great tool in your garden and help you grow the healthiest and most vibrant plants possible.
Step 3 – Plant Watering And Irrigation
Keeping your garden properly watered is very important for growing healthy plants. To ensure this happens, invest in a garden watering system that can be controlled remotely and automated.
Automated irrigation and watering systems can make monitoring your plants’ moisture levels easy so they can get the right amount of water they need when they need it.
Since these systems can be controlled remotely and automated, they can be a great choice if you have plants that are hard to water by hand or for plants that require frequent watering and watering at different times of the day.
Also, since these systems can be controlled via Homekit, they can even help you automate your watering and irrigation schedule so your plants can be watered and irrigated at the right time and day. A wide range of irrigation and watering systems are available, and not all of them work with Homekit.
Be sure to know which ones do and which don’t before making a purchase so you can get the best possible system for your needs. We like the Gardena Smart Irrigation system.
Gardena Smart Irrigation
The Gardena Smart Irrigation system is affordable and ready to use right out of the box. The Gardena Smart Irrigation system has everything you need to set it up and is easy to install.
It is also straightforward to use and can be controlled via Homekit. The system is straightforward to install and comes with a free Gardena smartphone app that makes it even easier to remotely manage your irrigation and watering system and automate your watering and irrigation schedule.
Integrating with Homekit lets, you control your Gardena Smart Irrigation system anywhere you have mobile access. You can monitor and control your irrigation and watering system while away from home.
You can even get notifications when your irrigation and watering system is turned on and off, so you know your plants will get watered when you’re not home.
Step 4 – Lighting
You may want to have some motion lights on your garden to help illuminate your yard during the evening hours. Many motion light options are available, and many are compatible with Homekit.
Philips Hue Outdoor Lily Smart Lights
The Philips Hue Outdoor Lily Smart Lights are affordable and easy to install and work with Homekit right out of the box. The lights can be used indoors and outdoors, so you can put them in your garden to illuminate your yard at night.
The lights can be controlled via the Philips Hue app, and the Homekit integration makes it easy to control them from the app or from Homekit.
You can choose different colors and brightness levels for different zones or areas to make it easier to customize your lighting settings to best fit your needs. There are both motion sensor and timer options available which allows you to control the motion sensitivity and set the lights to automatically switch on and off at a particular time and day based on your settings.
The lights are straightforward to install as they require no wires and are screwed into the provided mount, which easily attaches to a flat surface.
Controlling your garden with Homekit is pretty straightforward and doesn’t require much work to start. Being able to easily automate your garden monitoring, watering, and lighting can make it very easy to keep your lawn and plants looking their best and thriving year-round!
Let us know if there are any other Homekit garden automation tips or guides you’d like to share in the comments below!