Automatic gardener: build a raised bed FarmBot

Table of Contents

The construction of a FarmBot consists of three steps: First you prepare the construction site in the garden and assemble a raised bed. Since this must have an electricity and a water connection, this step is astonishingly complex. Then screw the FarmBot assemblies together in the workshop and wire most of the electrical components. In the third step, you install rails and portal in the garden, connect electricity and water, set up the operating system and ensure that all three axes run smoothly.

The official documentation will guide you through all of these steps. It guides you step-by-step through the construction and points out typical sources of error. If you have any problems, the official FAQ will help you. If this does not solve the problem either, you should not be afraid to look into the CAD design. This was created in the browser-based CAD program Onshape so that you can view it without having to install a program. We explained how to navigate in Onshape using the FarmBot as an example.

More about Smart Garden

For some, gardening is relaxation, for others it is simply exhausting. We explain how you can make your garden smarter and what you should look out for with robotic lawnmowers, networking and automatic irrigation.

We built a 1.5 x 3 m FarmBot Genesis in version 1.5 and learned enough about the machine to be able to give you some valuable tips for building your own FarmBot. If you are not yet sure whether you would like to build and own a FarmBot, our construction report will allow you to assess whether you dare to do the project.

  • Access to all heise + content
  • exclusive tests, advice & background: independent, critically well-founded
  • Read c’t, iX, Technology Review, Mac & i, Make, c’t photography directly in your browser
  • register once – read on all devices – can be canceled monthly
  • first month free, thereafter € 12.95 per month
  • Weekly newsletter with personal reading recommendations from the editor-in-chief

Start FREE month

Start your FREE month now

Already subscribed to heise +?

Sign up and read

Register now and read articles right away

More information about heise +


Read comments (19)

To home page

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *