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Setting up smart irrigation at the CNET Smart HomeWe're getting our garden ready for spring with a custom smart-watering setup.
We're setting up a smart garden from scratch here at the CNET Smart Home. We've already planted lettuce and we're planting tomatoes, jalapenos, bell peppers, and Carolina reapers as the weather gets warmer. Today, we're gonna talk about how we set our smart watering system. We actually built a smart drip irrigation system for our smart garden as well. The only smart piece is right here. This is the Orbit Beehive Faucet Timer Plus. It sends a signal to a little hub I have plugged just inside that window. That hub connects it to wi-fi. This thing is pretty cool. Most smart sprinklers require you to have a full in ground sprinkler system. System. This one works with any old hose and faucet. I can control it with an app and set a schedule, or if I watch the weather and schedule it for me. So boom, smart water. We have the Beehive connected to this splitter so we can still use the hose, and this here is an ordinary garden hose. Everything else we got specifically for our irrigation system and you should be able to find every piece [UNKNOWN] You need at any hardware store. We connected that garden hose to the irrigation supply hose here, which will then run under the ground and under our garden bed up and through and connected it to these E-meter tubes. This is what actually drips the water on our plants and as you can see we have tighter loops less E-meters here for the Carolina Rivers They need a little less water, and that way, we can have it all coming from the same source. We stuck everything down with these staples, plugged the ends, and added the flush adapter, and then we're ready to water. I set up a schedule in the app and I can just push go when I want We've only planted lettuce for now because it's still cold. But we'll keep you up to date our progress as spring warms up, and for better or for worse, we'll make sure to film it when we try those Carolina Reapers. We've got lots of smart garden stuff headed your way as our garden grows, including how to use outdoor cans to keep pests away. Stay tuned.