WOW! Okay so it’s been a loooong time since I’ve made a post here. I’ve moved a few times, and I’ve been a doggy midwife to almost 100 dogs and puppies! I’ve changed a lot, and done a lot of soul searching. I’m back now, and more ready than ever to play and be an active forum member again.
I’ve looked around the forums, and while there are plenty of guides on farming and greenhouses, I have not seen my method used at all. I have found this to be so much more efficient and easy to use long term. So here goes:
Oreo’s Guide to Efficient Farming and Greenhouses
Before we go any further I just want to make a note:
*THIS METHOD WILL NOT WORK FOR PRODUCING COCONUTS/PALM TREES
Okay all good now
Supplies needed (5 tree farm)
-13 Steel or Oil Lanterns
-5 Of any Fruit (not including coconuts)
-Extra dirt to fill in spaces if needed
To start out I’ll show you how to build the basic design for a greenhouse. When I first step foot into a new blockheads world, one of my first priorities is to establish a food source. I can usually get one of these built within less than half an hour of starting a new world and that’s being generous.
Building Your Greenhouse
I recommend building it at ground level so you have easier access to get in, but it can be raised or even floating if you prefer it. I start by placing the glass, leaving space for a glass door on either end. Leave the 2 block space and place another 2 high. Then from the top block place 11 more. You should have 2 left. Now you’ll place those the same as the first two. You can pop your doors in now too. You want a 3x11 space inside the greenhouse, so it should look something like this:
Then you want to dig out your crawl space. You’ll need to leave 2 rows of blocks for planting so you’ll need to dig the 3rd and 4th rows of blocks from the surface. I always start either side of the doors, then place my trapdoors there, so you can access the space.
Then you’ll need to dig your holes for planting. Every second block of dirt needs to be dug out, and the bottom replaced with compost, and it should look like this: (I played with the backdrop, it’s up to you if you want to change the dirt to glass in the holes)
Now you need to place your campfires. One under each block of compost. Make sure you have a one block space between the fires and the dirt, or it will set your trees on fire
Now you can plant your trees! (In the compost of course) I like to start with oranges as they have the longest growing season and the shortest off season. It takes about a minute (not meditating) for the trees to start producing fruit after being planted, and with oranges they will produce a lot. I meditated for around a minute, collecting every so often so they wouldn’t despawn, and ended up with almost 3 stacks of oranges!
There is a trick to these greenhouses that makes them so much more efficient than others. Once you have given your trees a chance to produce a bunch of fruit, which usually takes 10-15 seconds of meditating, you’ll want to grab the top oranges only. Instead of having to select all the oranges on the trees, if you select only the top ones your blockhead will grab all of them in the greenhouse as they will have to walk past the others to reach the top ones.
As you may have noticed, this also makes an excellent wood and stick farm as well. In the off seasons, it is a good idea to collect a bunch of sticks and chop the tree, leaving the bottom block. This helps with the growth cycle, as well as gives you a never ending supply of wood and sticks
Upgrading Your Greenhouse
Light! Light is very important for trees to grow, so the more light you have, the more fruit your trees will produce. Steel lanterns are better than oil lanterns, so as soon as you get the chance you should be replacing those and upgrading to steel. The biggest difference I’ve found with doing this is the production of fruit goes up overnight when it is dark.
Heat! Heat is the same as light. The more you have, the more your trees will thrive. Double your campfires and place them on every block under the trees. It gets nice and toasty in there and your trees will love it! So far I have not found any downside other than the lag caused by the fires to having too much heat.
2 birds with 1 stone. Or 2 plants with 1 compost…? You can plant a seed (flax, sunflower, corn, carrot, or chili) on the same block as a tree. I also tend to replace all the dirt with compost and plant in those blocks as well. This is ideal for growing flax seeds (which can be used to make oil->fuel)
Location Location Location! I have made this set up at the north pole. It does work. It takes noticeably longer for the trees to grow and produces less fruit. The most ideal place to do any farming is on the equator. You will no doubt get your best results there. But that being said, this set up will produce any fruit even at the coldest point in your world!
Jet Pack Harvesting. This makes it even easier to harvest. Just fly through your greenhouse, sticking in the middle and you should collect everything hanging on the trees!
In The Real World
I used a small scale set up at the equator for the example. I have a large scale coffee farm just on the other side that has 50 trees growing. 1 fly by on my jet pack after about 30 non meditating seconds got me over 2 stacks of coffee cherries, and the harvest wasn’t even close to over! This is by far the most efficient way of farming. I have used this method for years, and you can ask anyone I have ever played with. I (and nobody around me) have never ever gone hungry when I have had this greenhouse set up