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Farming is a valuable way to get supplies for your Minecraft adventures. Now, before you think of this as a simple “go and grow” like you might find on well-known gaming apps, you might want to consider a few things.

Cultivation of plants

You must first craft a hoe (in survival mode) or find one in the tools tab (in creative mode), then find a patch of grass to start your farm. Right click here to get started. Once it becomes rows of dirt that look like farmland, grab a seed you found – either by destroying trees and other plants in survival mode or finding them in the materials tab in creative mode – then right click where you want to plant your seed. You will then see very small buds. To grow your plants naturally, surround the field with a water channel; an average time for full growth on water alone is 5-10 minutes. You are free to continue playing while you wait and come back to see your plants when you are ready. If you want them to grow faster, you can apply bone meal (from destroyed skeletal bones). Right click on the plant to apply this bone meal, and voila! Depending on the size of the plant (eg grass vs tree), it takes 1-5 clicks for instant growth.

Once the plant is cultivated, it is ready to be harvested. Destroy the plant to drop the product. Some plants that can be grown are sugar cane, wheat, pumpkins, and carrots. Some plants have fun special characteristics; for example, you can make a pumpkin lantern from a pumpkin and wear it on your head!

Crowd farming

Crowd farming is more complicated than plant farming. The purpose of Crowd Farming is not to grow plants but rather to “grow” a group of enemies who at “birth” will automatically die, providing you with the items they drop. It sounds horrible, but in reality the “grown” or spawned characters fall and disappear, leaving behind valuable items such as Ender’s Pearls (which can be used to find end portals), bones ( which can be used for bone meal or to train a dog) or string (for bows and arrows).

The first thing you need to do is find a good design, which will not be covered in this article (your best bet is to search online to find a design you like best). One method that tends to work well is water + cliff. An essential element of crowd farming is a completely dark enclosure, as any dark place in the world of Minecraft spawns enemy characters such as endermen and zombies, so keep that in mind as you begin to explore the intricacies of crowd farming. You will need to choose a location that can provide complete darkness, such as going to underground or ocean caves, or a night time period in the game.

Whether you prefer the more peaceful possibilities of growing plants or the more adventurous world of the monster generation for their abandoned items, farming will be an important part of your Minecraft experience. For more great tips and guides, check out www.artofminecraft.com

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