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Have you ever wanted to grow plants at home?

Take the guesswork out of hydroponics so you can grow luscious, healthy plants in your own home! The hydroMazing garden controller monitors and adjusts your growing environment to ensure that your plants are always thriving under optimum conditions.

It’s really as easy as 1-2-3-Grow! 

And yes, I said "hydroponics" - but it doesn’t have to be a scary word! It’s a very simple ancient practice; it can be as simple as a bucket and water with nutrients to support the plant. But it's easy to be intimidated by the countless books and videos on how to grow, and many garden stores try to sell you expensive equipment you really don't need.

It can take months or even years of trial and error to find just the right balance to make your plants happy when you’re just starting. But I’ve distilled down my years of experience and knowledge and programmed it into the hydroMazing so you can just plug and grow. You shouldn't need expensive gadgets and technical expertise to be a successful gardener.

You will need a basic hydro set-up and a few tools, and the hydroMazing controller will manage your growing environment by controlling fans, heaters, lights, and water pumps so you don't have to worry about it. And the wireless monitor will even let you know if something is wrong.

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Do Plants Need Internet Access? 

Don't be fooled by all the fancy apps and web interfaces that give you "control" over your garden. How are they helping your garden to grow? Why do they want your data?  What exactly is your data being used for? Gardening isn't a simple click n' grow operation -- it's an art worthy of our respect.  Great for beginning or advanced gardeners! 

I provide an indoor gardening cheat-sheet and checklist to help those new to hydroponics get growing quickly. The hydroMazing’s remote monitor will remind you of things that you will personally have to manage. For example, when it is time to change the nutrient solution, hydroMazing will send out a beep and display an alert message on the LCD to remind you. But always remember: your garden and the plants living in it must be personally and routinely inspected by you! 

No gardening controller can replace that essential human touch.

What makes hydroMazing so special?

The hydroMazing system grew from a personal desire to make home hydroponics easier and accessible to everyone. I use open-source hardware to keep the cost down and encourage the DIY community to keep making it a better system. I believe that everyone has the right to be self-sufficient and want to help make it easier to do so. I offer free growing guides and DIY gardening tips. And every hydroMazing system is built by hand with love and a commitment to quality.  

Several key features make hydroMazing unlike any other garden control system: uses 100% hackable open-source hardware completely wireless without any need for internet access optional wirelessly-controlled AC outlets for enhanced safety professional support and advice from real humans.  The hydroMazing system is modular and will expand to fit your needs - whether you're a first-time grower with just a couple of plants or a master gardener. 

How-To, step-by-step

I’ve made the parts list and step-by-step instructions and source code available to anyone interested in learning to build one @

Technical Bits 

hydroMazing is built on low-cost open-hardware modules making a customizable control and monitoring system. The microcontroller used, Atmega328 on the ArduinoUno/Nano/Pro-Mini*, offering the flexibility of customization and expansion. The sensor choices are endless, but I've narrowed it down to a few important and relatively inexpensive modules. The system uses nRF modules for wireless communications, offering long transmission distances.

The software running on the microcontroller manages "sensor" objects and "appliance" objects by transmitting and receiving to the controller which makes decisions using ‘TheDecider’ to turn on and off wireless AC outlets. The electronics and programming of the project have been thoroughly tested on herbs, peppers, and cannabis.

with LED grow lighting inside tent
with LED grow lighting inside tent
Wirelessly-controlled AC Outlets
Wirelessly-controlled AC Outlets

 hydroMazing sensor unit kit:

  • Arduino Atmega386 Nano ( this project can be extended using more units.) 
  • Expansion Shield (Nano) ( solder 4.7k to pin3/Vcc for Dallas Temp.) 
  • DHT21/22 Temperature / Humidity sensor ( solder 10k resistor between Vcc/Data ) 
  • Photocell Module or photocell soldered to 10k resistor. 
  • Water Level Sensor (Float) 
  • Liquid Flow Rate Sensor 
  • Dallas Temperature Sensor (for nutrient solution temperature) (probably needs a connector) 
  • nRF24L01 2.4Ghz Wireless Radio Transceiver module with or without SMA Antenna 
  • customized connector wire kit* 

hydroMazing remote monitoring unit kit: 

  • Arduino Nano ( this project can be extended using more units.) 
  • Expansion Shield (Nano)
  • Arduino Uno R3 or clone. LCD w/ buttons Shield ( solder header pins to the bottom of front ) 
  • Real-Time Clock module (DS3231) ( solder 4-pin male header ) 
  • Piezo Module or piezo soldered to resistor 
  • nRF24L01 2.4Ghz Wireless Radio Transceiver module with or without SMA Antenna 
  • customized connector wires* 
  • set 3-5 pack of Wireless Controlled Outlets includes remote 
  • 433MHz RF Transmitter & Receiver Modules 
  • set 2 x PVC Conduit Service Boxes w/ customized lids
  • heat shrink, flexible split-tubing for wires 
  • 2 x hydroMazing vinyl decals 

*hydroMazing connector wiring kit: 2 x 40pcs DuPont Wire Cable 10cm female to female connectors 1 x 40pcs Dupont Wire Cable 20cm female to female connectors connector headers 2-pin, 3-pin, 4-pin, 6-pin see http://www.instructables.com/id/Custom-Wire-Conne

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges The greatest challenges for this project has been and continue to some extent to be that I am an introvert, and I have been funding this entire project on a fixed-income. I directly support hydroMazing because I enjoy sharing what I know to help others. When you send an email, I will respond whether I can help you directly or not. The current status of the hydroMazing project is complete. The kits are assembled and tested; I've made 10 units so far and am working to ensure quality. I have made many source-code improvements as well as hardware upgrades from the previous versions. Why am I requesting your help? Sharing hydroMazing with others has expenses: parts, assembly, and final product packaging and advertisement. Thank you for taking the time to consider this project.

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    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    You’re going with hydroMazing!!
    You'll receive the simple start gardening booklet, die-cut vinyl stickers, and hydroMazing T-shirt.

    Thank you! You're support is appreciated.

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    hydroMazing DIY kit - includes FREE SHIPPING.

    You'll receive the simple start gardening booklet, vinyl stickers, the complete hydroMazing kit with controller, sensors, remote monitoring system, the RC wireless AC outlets and the enclosure kit.

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    hydroMazing DIY kit - includes FREE SHIPPING.

    You'll receive the simple start gardening booklet, vinyl stickers, the complete hydroMazing kit with controller, sensors, remote monitoring system, the RC wireless AC outlets and the enclosure kit.

    Everything will be assembled, tested, disassembled, packed-up, and sent out to you for re-assembly.

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