A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

Resilient Smart Gardens—Exploration of a Blueprint

Open Access publication

Publication Details

Authors: Penzenstadler Birgit, Khakurel Jayden, Jason Plojo Carl, Sanchez Marinela, Marin Ruben, Tran Lam

Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert

Publication year: 2018

Language: English

Related journal or series: Sustainability: the journal of record

Volume number: 10

Issue number: 8

Start page: 1

End page: 25

Number of pages: 25

ISSN: 1937-0695

eISSN: 1937-0709

JUFO level of this publication: 1

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su10082654

Permanent website address: https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/10/8/2654

Social media address: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/326699584_Resilient_Smart_Gardens-Exploration_of_a_Blueprint

Open Access: Open Access publication


In an effort to become more resilient and contribute to saving water and other resources, people become more interested in growing their own food, but do not have sufficient gardening experience and education on conserving water. Previous work has attempted to develop resilient smart gardens that support the user in automated watering using simple embedded boards. However, none of these solutions proved to be scalable nor are they easy to replicate for people at home. We set up a student team project that created a safe space for exploring this multidisciplinary domain. We developed a smart resilient garden kit with Internet-of-Things devices that is easy to rebuild and scale. We use a small-scale board and a number of sensors connected to a planter. In this paper, we report on a prototypical implementation for multidisciplinary smart garden projects, our experiences with self-guided implementation and reflection meetings, and our lessons learned. By learning about water conservation using automation on a small scale, students develop a sense for engineering solutions regarding resource limitations early on. By extending such small projects, they can prepare for developing large-scale solutions for those challenges.

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