See the CNET Smart Garden in action
See the CNET Smart Garden in action
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See the CNET Smart Garden in action

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Welcome to CNET's smart garden. We actually built this thing back at the start of spring, but back then it was mostly dirt. Now, well, there's still quite a bit of dirt, but also quite a few plants. So, here's a look at the fully operational CNET smart garden, including what it can do and what we wanna find out by the end of the summer. We built an irrigation system specifically for this garden. It's drip irrigation and it uses the Orbit B-hyve faucet timer. I can control it and schedule it with an app, and it'll monitor the weather for me, so it doesn't water when it rains. In action, we give different plants different amounts of water, simply by placing less drip holes around the ones that need less. In our garden, we have lettuce Bell peppers, hot peppers, and tomatoes right now. These tomatoes came from a click and grow indoor planter so hopefully they'll survive and we'll see how they do now that we've transplanted them outside and can compare them to the store bought seedlings. Over here we have the Net Gear Arlo Pro two. It can withstand the weather and watches our garden when we can't We arm it at night and when it spots a critter, it'll flash these Phillips hue outdoor lights, and hopefully scare them away. The sprinkler system was reliable enough to help us grow lettuce in the rainy season, but it's gonna get hot And some of these plants are more delicate, so our smart garden is about to get it's biggest test, and we're not done yet. We'll be planting Carolina reapers soon and seeing what all we can make with what we grow. We're about to find out if a smart garden can be smart enough to grow veggies with little intervention on our part. So check back in a couple of months, and find out the results. [MUSIC]

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