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Garden with Insight v1.0 Help: Use the growcorder and look at the browser

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Pick up the growcorder and use it on a soil patch

The growcorder is a tool that lets you get more information about an object in the garden. Pick up the growcorder by right-clicking on it. In the third drop-down box on the toolbar, choose the tool action magnify. Then click on one of the prepared soil patches (but not near the base of any plant) to magnify the soil patch. The browser will appear. The browser is a quite complicated viewer that helps you get lots of information about the objects in the simulation. Objects are simply things that are simulated -- the garden, the weather, soil patches, soil amendments, and plants.

In the browser you will see a soil profile, which is like a cross-section, of the soil patch you chose in the browser, with soil color, temperature or other information displayed as you move down from the surface of the soil. Also notice that the title bar of the browser (at the top) shows you the name of the soil patch you are browsing right now. [If you don't see information about a soil patch, you didn't click inside the soil patch and away from the plant bases -- go back to the garden window and try clicking on the soil patch again.]

Use the growcorder on a plant

Go back to the garden window, and still holding the growcorder, click at the base of a tomato seedling. The tomato plant will appear in the browser. [If you see soil patch information, you didn't click at the base of the plant; go back and try again, and look for the leaf cursor gif/00000001.gif.] You can use the buttons above the plant to turn it around, see it from the top or side, and zoom in and out.

Use the growcorder on the weather

Go back to the garden window again, and holding the growcorder, click in the garden picture outside of any soil patches. Now the browser will appear with a 30-day scrolling view of various weather values, like temperature and precipitation. As you haven't run the simulation yet, there will not be much weather information to see, but you can see where the weather will scroll by.

Look at the list of objects in the browser

You can also select different objects within the browser by choosing them from the drop-down list box at the top of the browser. Click on that box now and look carefully at the list that appears. The first item on the list is the weather object, of which you can only have one. After the weather object are soil patches, prefixed with an abbreviation of "s" and a unique number. Within each soil patch are one or more plants (assuming you planted some), each prefixed with a "p" plus a unique number. After the last plant or soil patch on the list is a list of all the templates you have available, each labeled with a "T" before their name. Templates are like stencils (or cookie cutters) -- you make copies of them when you create a soil patch or plant a seed.

Look at the numbers side of the browser

Now you have seen all the displays on what is called the pictures side of the browser, which shows you graphical representations of information on the simulation objects. But the browser also goes deeper with a numbers side, in which you can examine and change many numbers in the simulation. You can look at the pictures side gif/00000019.gif, the numbers side gif/00000020.gif, or both sides gif/00000021.gif of the browser by clicking on the corresponding button. Try looking at both sides of the browser now by clicking on the both sides gif/00000021.gif button. On the numbers side of the browser, you will see a list of browser components with blue bars that show the values of aspects. Aspects are individual simulation variables, like today's temperature. Some of these values can be changed by dragging the blue sliders or by typing in new values, and some values cannot be changed.

Choose another group

The numbers you see on the numbers side of the browser are organized into groups of related aspects. To see a different group, click on the group box at the top of the browser (below the objects box) and choose a different group from the list. If the aspects showing in the numbers side of the browser are not available for the selected object, they will be disabled ("grayed out"). For example, if you choose the group Plant draw internodes when a soil patch is selected, the numbers side browser components will be disabled.

When you are finished, close the browser, then return to the garden window and right-click to put the growcorder down.

Using the growcorder to open the browser window

Looking at the soil water group with the browser for soil patch #1

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