Gardening + Arduino = Garduino

By Carlo Iandolo on February 11, 2014

The Low Down

Have you ever been in that situation where you are unable to water the plants on your balcony for days or weeks? You may love your plants desperately, but when the choice is between the health of your basil and a wonderful weekend away from home, there is no love strong enough to make you stay. Once back, you will find that poor plant withered and dried out, especially if the holidays have been particularly long. So it’s goodbye and farewell to home-made pesto!

Here at Roll Studio we have experienced this ourselves. We love growing basil and above all, we love home-made pesto! In order to protect all that tending we thought we could manafacture a way to look after our plants whilst we’re away. The question was how? How can we solve the impossibility of watering our beloved plants from afar? 


Garduiner (the original name is Giarduiniere) is an automatic plant watering system. A sensor inserted into the soil shares data on the humidity with Arduino. As the humidity rate goes below an X value, Ardiuno activates the relay. When the circuit closes, the pump is activated and forces the water into the pierced pipe placed along the vases containing the plants in need of water.

It is time for you to get to know Garduiner slightly better, to take a closer look at how it works.

Soon we’ll be discussing how to use Garduiner to the best of its potential, but I’m afraid it comes with a condition; we want to taste your homemade pesto!

It is time for you to get to know Garduiner a bit better, have a look at how it works. 

Coming soon: how to use at the best of its potential but at one condition, that is if you make us taste your homemade Pesto!