Sensors are devices that can detect and respond to various stimuli in the environment. They are capable of transferring information to a control process, such as a microcontroller, and emitting a signal that can be converted and interpreted by other
devices. This can include signals such as light or sound.
In permaculture, the use of sensors can provide many benefits to producers. Sensors can help optimise the use of resources, improve cultivation strategies, increase production, and provide data for monitoring. This data can help to quickly adapt to certain factors, such as temperature and moisture, to make more informed decisions about irrigation and crop selection.
For example, sensors can be used to analyse and monitor the composition of soil, moisture levels, and temperature. This information can be used to make decisions about irrigation, reducing water waste and ensuring that crops are planted in soil with
the ideal amount of nutrients. Additionally, sensors can be used to monitor the nutrient density of soil, which can help choose the right types and quantities of compost.
Overall, the use of sensors in permaculture can greatly improve the efficiency, productivity, and sustainability of permaculture systems. The ability to collect and analyse data in real time allows for more informed decisions, resulting in better crop yields, higher quality produce, and more efficient use of resources.