Gathering in the Wild vs PlantingEdit
Starting a garden is by no means required to progress or even make money in the game. All plants on the Main Island will eventually spawn in the wild, and can be gathered by the player at the cost of Energy.
However there are definite benefits to growing your own plants:
- Player-grown plants yield slightly more of that plant per harvest.
- They are a guaranteed harvest, as opposed to relying on random wild spawns.
- Player-grown plants can be planted and harvested in any season. The only limitation is that non-Winter plants take one day longer to grow in Winter.
- Fertilizer or Seed Bundles can be used to increase the chance of or guarantee seed drops, instead of relying on them as a rare drop in the wild. With the addition of Seedmakers, Planting becomes pure profit.
- Harvesting player-grown plants does not cost energy.
How To Plant SeedsEdit
Before you start, you're going to need tools:The only items you need to start with are a Hoe, a Watering Can, and a Plant Seed, though there are other options as you get familiar with the process.
- Pick a spot and use the Hoe on the ground to dig up a patch of soil.
- Use a Seed on the soil to plant it.
- Use the Watering Can to water the soil. A plant needing water will have a droplet icon above it.
- Continue watering the soil once per day (you can skip rainy days) until the plant is grown.
- Harvest your plant!
Traveling to another island will pause the growth of all plants, including the need to water them.
Planting seeds requires energy:
Energy is limited in the early stages of the game, so plan accordingly.
With more advanced tools, the only Energy spent will be from planting seeds.
A patch of soil dug up by a Hoe disappears after 2-3 in-game days of not being watered. However:
- Watering the soil (including rainy days and sprinkers) "resets" this daily counter.
- Soil does not disappear if it contains a growing seed.
- Soil will eventually disappear if it contains a mature plant ready to harvest, but the plant (and the ability to harvest it) will not be affected. This feature can be used along with the No Pick Zone to build creative gardens.
If fussing with keeping soil from disappearing is not your cup of tea, you can get around that by crafting planters:
A planter is a furniture item that comes with pre-tilled soil. Aside from saving you that one point of energy needed when using a Hoe, the soil in a planter never disappears.
To use a planter, simply place it on the ground. Then plant a seed and water it the same way you would with hoe-dug soil.
- Note: If you don't like the look of your planters sticking up out of the ground so high, you can use an Item Shifter to sink them into the ground so only a bit of the soil remains showing. They will still function the same way.
But what if you're the kind of farmer who forgets to water your plants all the time?
The answer to that is Sprinklers:
Higher grade sprinklers can water more plants at the same time.
How To Use SprinklersEdit
- Dig your soil or place your planter.
- With the sprinkler of choice in your active hotbar slot, begin placing it so you see the green preview.
- Move the sprinkler over the soil or planter. If it shows the sprinkler icon (see right), that means placing the sprinkler there will correctly water that plant.
- Place the sprinkler, and it will begin automatically watering that plant the next morning.
Sprinklers will not water a plant the day they are placed, so you will still need to use the Watering Can that day.
Sprinkler Efficiency TipsEdit
Sprinklers affect a radius around them as opposed to X number of plants, so you can water far more soil mounds or planters if you overlap them.
- To overlap patches of soil, you can turn off Grid Placement (toggled manually in options, or hold Alt for quick toggle).
- The Item Shifter can be used on Planters to nudge them closer together.
Sprinklers can also be sunk partially into the ground or inside Planters with the Item Shifter, and they will still water plants. There is a limit to how low down they can work however, so make sure the sprinkler icon is still showing.
There are 3 ways to get seeds back from harvested plants:
- Fertilizer: Using Basic Fertilizer on soil or a planter before planting will increase the chance of getting one seed back on harvest.
- Seed Bundles: Planting using a Seed Bundle guarantees at least one seed back on harvest. Fertilizer and Seed Bundle bonuses do not stack.
- Seedmakers: A plant can be put into the Seedmaker, or 10 of any fruit can be placed in the Fruit Tree Seedmaker to produce 1-2 seeds. The plant and fruit are destroyed in the process.