Farming is one of the easiest skills to level up, but be warned, it gets very expensive as you progress through the levels. The demand for seeds makes them a much sought after resource. So if you plan to work on farming but not woodcutting, prepare to outlay a lot of gold.
Once you have a house, equip your spade and you are ready to prepare your farmland. Click the "Player house" link in the town menu, then click "Check your farmland". You will be presented with the option to purchase farmland. You start off preparing 25 slots, but this can be progressively upgraded to 400 slots. See the table below for costs.
|Slots||Pre-requisite||Upgrade cost (gp)||Total cost (gp)|
|50||25 farm slots||1,500||2,250|
|100||50 farm slots||3,000||5,250|
|200||100 farm slots||6,000||11,250|
|400||200 farm slots||12,000||23,250|
|800||400 farm slots||24,000||47,250|
NOTE: the 800 slot farm is not available yet. It may be implemented with future updates.
NOTE 2: a spade is NOT required to plant or harvest your crops, it is only required to prepare you first farm slots, or to upgrade you existing farmland.
There are a number of ways to obtain seeds:
Initially the easiest way to get seeds is woodcutting. In the table below are the different seed types and at which forests to obtain them. The Outlands has a much higher seed drop rate than any other forest, but chop there at your own risk!
|Level||Exp/Chop||Wood/chop||Seed types||Seed images|
|1||15||1-2||Radish seeds, Beet seeds, Carrot seeds|
|15||22||1-3||Beet seeds, Cabbage seeds, Onion seeds|
|25||30||1-3||Grain seeds, Tomato seeds, Corn seeds|
|40 (poor)||65||1-3||Grain seeds, Strawberry seeds, Green pepper seeds|
|40 (rich)||65||1-6||Grain seeds, Strawberry seeds, Green pepper seeds|
|55||130||1-10||Green pepper seeds, Spinach seeds, Eggplant seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Apple seeds|
|75||275||4-15||Pear seeds, Broccoli seeds, Peach seeds, Orange seeds|
|100||400||4-20||Pineapple seeds, Watermelon seeds, Vervefruit seeds, Fruit of life seeds|
To begin growing your own food, you must make sure of the following:
Click the "Player house" link in the town menu, click "Check your farmland". Above your farmland you will see the options to plant those seeds you currently have in your inventory. Simply type in the number of seeds into the box corresponding to the seed type you wish to plant, then click "Plant".
You do NOT have to fill all farm slots at once with one type of seed, you can plant mixed crops, as long as the total does not exceed the number of farm slots you have at that farm. You can NOT plant more seeds of one type if you don't have them in your inventory.
The larger the crop the more time it takes to both plant and harvest, though there is a reduction in planting and harvesting times with each level you gain. By carefully planning when you plant and using the growing times in the table below, you should be able to have your crops ready to harvest when you are online, or have the best chance of harvesting the full crop.
Now you can work on something else while you wait for your crops to grow!
|Img||Req lvl||Seed||Growing hours||P/G/R||Experience|
|29||Green pepper seeds||68
|100||Fruit of life seeds||153
NOTE: the average time listed in the table above is not the definite time the crops will be ready to harvest. There is a +/- number of hours for each crop. This +/- increases with each seed type. As you work on your farming, you will be able to determine the min/max range for your crops. The growing hours in the table are the average of a large amount of crops.
To check if your grown vegetable/fruit is ready for harvest, check your farmland and when you hover over the farm slots, if the pointer changes to a hand, click and you will start harvesting your crops.
If you have planted different types of seeds, or smaller lots of the same seed type, you do NOT harvest ALL seeds when only one lot is ready.
There is a possibility of gaining more ripe vegetable/fruit when harvesting though there is no way of knowing when it will happen. The downside to farming is, you can lose crops if you leave them ripe in the ground too long. You will only receive 1xp for every ripe grown vegetable/fruit you pick. Once harvested, your grown vegetables/fruit do NOT rot. They "remain" as fresh as the day you harvested them!
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