Using GrowTracker, growers can keep tabs on the ingredient mixes used in producing any plants grown within the system. To do this, the software tracks mixes, recipes for mixes, and ingredients that go into the mixes.
To begin using ingredient mixes within GrowTracker, first a user will need to set up the component ingredients by going to Grow, Ingredient Mixes, and Manage Ingredients.
Within Manage Ingredients, users can set up the ingredients that will be combined to create an ingredient mix. Users can also view and edit ingredients that have already been created. To add an ingredient, select the Add Ingredient link above the ingredient list.
On the Create Grow Ingredient page, you can log any important information regarding the ingredient you’re adding to the system. Along with a name and description, you can log what Supplier you purchase this ingredient from, an Ingredient Type (e.g. nutrient or fungicide), the Application Method (e.g. powder or water), and the Default Unit of Measurement used when measuring it into a mixture (e.g. teaspoons or milliliters).
Once you’ve filled out the relevant information, you can hit Save to return to the Manage Ingredients screen or Save And Create Another to create another ingredient.
After creating all the ingredients for your mix, you have to create the recipe dictating how they will be combined. To do this, click the Manage Recipes tab or navigate to Grow, Ingredient Mixes, Manage Recipes.
The Manage Recipes/Grow Recipes screen allows users to create, view, and edit recipes for ingredient mixes. To create a new recipe, click Add Recipe above the recipe list.
The Add Recipe/Create Grow Recipe screen will allow you to assign a name and description to a recipe as well as selecting the ingredients and amounts of them to use in creating a mixture. For instance, to use two tablespoons of bone meal per liter of a mixture:
Underneath the ingredients list is the Test Details section, wherein users may enter the limits for a mixture, such as the minimum, maximum, and optimal pH at which to use the mix.
As with ingredients, once the necessarily information is filled out, you may click Save to return to Manage Recipes or Save And Create Another to set up the recipe for another mix.
Once you’ve set up your recipes, you can create the mixes you have in stock by selecting Manage Mixes or navigating to Grow, Ingredient Mixes.
This screen allows users to view, edit, and create mixes kept and used within the grow. The Mix Used Up dropdown allows users to filter whether they wish to view mixes currently in stock, mixes that have been used up, or both.
To create a mix, click Add Grow Mix above the filter.
The Add/Create Grow Mix screen allows growers to log a stock of the mix at the grow facility. By creating from a recipe, users may specify how much they wish to create. For example, compare the following results for mixing one gallon versus five gallons of Flower Booster:
Beyond this, a user may also add further ingredients, for example to correct a pH issue discovered after a previous use of the mix.
The Quantity Remaining field will automatically populate with the amount created from a recipe. If this number is different by virtue of adding additional ingredients, you may set this value to the amount of mix on hand.
Once the mix is created, you can view or edit its properties by clicking the name of the mix or edit to the right of it.
The View screen shows you a list of ingredients used, how much was created initially, what quantity was last logged as remaining, and whether the mix has been used up.
The Edit screen allows you to edit the name and description, log how much is remaining, and change whether the mix has been used up or not.
The update screen allows you to view the current properties and stock of the mix and, as necessary, add ingredients to the mix. You can also use this screen to adjust the quantity remaining and update test results taken using this mix:
Like the bottom of the Update screen, the Mix Testing screen lets you log tests and view the test history for the mix:
Finally, the Application History screen lets users view when a mix was used and to how many plants. The More Details link calls up a list showing a list of plants given the mix.