I’ve really enjoyed the game so far, poured in more hours than I’m proud to admit. I’ve been playing with a large clan, so resources aren’t hard for me to get. Our base has a greenhouse that can fit ~80 planters in it. I’m comparing farming to manual gathering with star metal tools.
What I want from Gardening:
- High yield of materials.
I want to leave my garden growing for a long period of time and get a high yield at the end of the day.
- Something that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance or attention.
I want a self-sustaining farm, that requires a minimum amount of attention. So, an ideal farm would produce plant fiber that I can feed back into creating compost. Currently 50% of my compost would be used on sustaining the entire farm. As 1 compost costs 5 plant fiber, and produces 10 plant fiber. This isn’t factoring in bone meal and putrid meat/dung. Additionally, owning a garden should minimize how much I need to gather plants. However, seeds are not produced in the gardening process. So, gardening is an optional accessory, the only point of it seems to be to use the seeds you get from manual gathering. In other words, gardening has created more work when it should be a system that reduces work.
- It would be nice to be able to grow Shadebloom!
- Manual gathering is far more rewarding than growing.
The cost of creating compost, investing in planters and compost bins doesn’t lead to a high enough profit.
- Manual gathering is far more time efficient than growing.
There is a massive time sink when you start your farm, as you need to create a high amount of compost. If you’re trying to mass produce something like Aloe, you have to double your compost requirement to sustain your garden.
- Growing plants isn’t self-sufficient.
You can only get seeds through loot/manual gathering. This makes sense for rare plants such as lotus flowers. But is tedious for Plant Fibre and Aloe.
- Premium compost should be usable on all seed types.
I currently have to calculate how much compost I need to convert into premium compost. The production of premium compost is purely output – I can’t use it to feedback into the gardening system by growing Plant Fibre. Using premium compost on plant fibre/aloe/others should offer a higher yield as it’s expensive to produce.
- Putrid Meat should stack higher than 25.
- Compost & Seeds can be tedious to place in multiple planters.
Compost stacks to 500, Seeds stack to 1000. In a world where I’m operating at maximum efficiency that’d be great. But it would take me 33 hours to produce 500 compost in one composter. For time efficiency I have multiple compost heaps and planters. At the start of my farm I don’t have stacks of compost, and I’m having to split compost and seeds between my planters. If the size of compost stacks were reduced, it would be easier to organise.
- The sickle animation is nauseating.
Firstly, I want to say Scythes > Sickles. Secondly, when I’m trying to mow my lawn I feel like I am cutting through the jungle forest. I feel like I am trying to attack the air. The camera jolts as you swing. Please make the sickle animation smoother/more satisfying!