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    Farming Guide by AtSeN

    Version: 1.1 | Updated: 08/16/05 | Printable Version | Search This Guide

    
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     '.            Table of Contents           .'
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    A. Introduction
    B. Getting Started
    C. The Basics
     1. Growing Crops
       a. Preparations
       b. Planting
       c. Watering
       d. Harvesting
     2. Compost
       a. Super Compost
     3. Disease
       a. Avoiding 
       b. Treating 
     4. Tools
    D. Advanced Farming
      1. Farming Locations
      2. Gardener Payments
      3. Seeds
        a. Herb Rarity
      4. Amulet of Nature
    E. Other
      1. Cap'n Arnav Event
    F. Credits
    
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     '.              Introduction              .'
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    Farming is a member-only skill, which means you'll have to suscribe in order
    to use it. Through farming you can grow many resources which you can use in
    other skills such as herblore, cooking or woodcutting. Farming is just a
    new skill, as it was released July 11th, 2005 so should expect to see more
    things to do with farming in the future.
    
    As for my guide, it will help you get started with farming and hopefully
    allow you to master the techniques. You will all you might need, from
    farming locations to level requirements. If you need something in particular
    look at the table of contents to find where it is. If you are a first time
    farmer then just continue reading.
    
    Version 1.0, submitted on 8/15/2005.
    Version 1.1, submitted on 8/16/2005.
    
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     '.             Getting Started            .'
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    The first thing you're going to need is seeds. The best place to get seeds
    is in Draynor Village. You can do three things, steal from seed stalls,
    pickpocket farmers, or buy from Olivia. Remember, if you steal from Olivia's
    stalls she won't sell to you for 2 days. It's best to just buy seeds when
    you're just starting out.
    
    The only seeds you'll be able to plant when you start out are potato seeds so
    buy all her potato seeds. The next thing you'll need, even though you can't
    plant them yet, are marigolds. Buy a couple of those and you're set.
    
    When you're starting out it's best to plant at a full farm. The closet one to
    the seed shop is northwest of Draynor, right above the Cabbage Fields. This
    isn't the best though. I advise you go to the farm north of Catherby.
    
    Once there you're at the Catherby farm go straight the the farm shop. You
    only need to buy a rake, seed dibber, spade, watering can, and some compost
    right now. Go fill the watering can up at the house south of the farm. Now
    you're ready to start planting. Before you can plant you'll have to clear
    the fields. 
    
    Use the rake on all the allotments until they are clear of weeds. Take your
    weeds and use them on the compost bin. If the compost bin fills up then close
    it to let the weeds rot into compost. Use the compost you already bought
    on large allotments and the flower patch to fertilize the soil. If you need
    more compost just buy more from the shop. 
    
    Use the potato seeds on the two large fields, and the marigolds on the flower
    patch. Water all your plants once and wait. Yes, wait. It'll take about 35
    minutes for your potato plant to grow and half that time for the marigold to
    grow. Meanwhile, continue watering your plants once the water dries up.
    
    Once the marigold is grown to maturity, DON'T PICK IT! The marigold flowers
    will protect your potatoes from disease and you won't have to water them
    except once when they are seeds. Soon your potato plants will grow to 
    adulthood, at that point you can harvest them with a right click command.
    
    When you get the hang of farming you should try farming multiple farms. Use
    flowers to prevent diseases and eliminate watering and hop between farms,
    planting and harvesting. Farming is a relatively simple skill once you
    understand the basics.
    
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     '.               The Basics               .'
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    Here are the basics of farming. You should learn everything any starter
    should know from the below topics. Read them carefully.
    
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      .'             Growing Crops            '.
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    There are four steps in planting crops. Preparation, planting, watering, and
    harvesting. I'll go through these steps with you.
    
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    |  Step One: Preparation  |
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    The allotments for growing your plants are also the perfect place for weeds
    to go. You need a rake to clear the fields. It's simple, use the rake on the
    field and wait until all the weeds are gone. The weeds you rake will appear
    in your inventory. If you put these in the compost bin they'll turn into
    compost over time. Now that your field is clear it's time to fertilize the
    dirt. Get a bucket of compost from the shop or compost bin and use it on the
    allotment. Once the field is clear and fertilized it's time to plant your
    seeds.
    
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    | Step Two: Planting |
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    Most seeds can be planted directly into the allotment using a seed dibber. If
    this is the case then use the seeds on the plot with the dibber in your
    inventory to plant them. However, tree seeds cannot be planted directly. You
    must first plant them in a plantpot and then watered until they grow into a
    sapling which can then be tranplanted into a tree plot. You can fill a pot
    with soil from any farming plot if you have a gardening trowel. Once your
    seeds are planted in the field you'll have to wait and water them until they
    can be harvested.
    
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    | Step Three: Watering |
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    Plants won't grow unless you water them. You can get around this however by
    hiring a gardener or planting a flower. To water your plants you need a 
    watering can. You can fill the watering can at any sink or fountain. A full
    can will have 8 uses until you have to refill it. Use the watering can on 
    the plants and they will appear watered. Over time they will grow and the
    water around them will dry up. You'll need to keep watering them until they
    are fully grown. If you hired a gardener or have a fully grown flower planted
    then you only need to water your plants once. They will continue to grow by
    themselves without any assistance. This is useful if you're farm hopping.
    
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    | Step Four:  Harvesting |
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    This is the final step in the farming cycle. Your plants are now fully grown
    and are ready to be picked. To harvest your plants you're going to need a
    spade. The farming plot should have a right click option 'harvest' when your
    plants are fully grown. Click this option to start harvesting. When all the
    crops are picked the plants will disappear and you'll have an empty field to
    plant more crops in. You can use a sack or basket to store the crops you 
    harvested to help minimize the used inventory space.
    
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    Compost is essential to the farming process. You plants will be much more 
    prone to disease without it. You can either fill up a compost bin with weeds,
    or other crops such as cabbage or onions to get 15 buckets worth of compost or
    you can buy buckets of compost at farming shops. Compost takes about an hour 
    to rot in the bin, so it's best to have spare compost in a bank or to be near 
    a farming shop incase your compost bin runs out. When you take a bucket of
    compost from the bin you gain 4.5 farming exp. When you use the compost on a 
    plot you gain 18 farming exp. Also, there is a better compost, this compost 
    is called super compost.
    
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    Super compost helps your plants a whole lot more. It will reduce the time it
    takes for your plants to grow, lower the chance of crop disease, and it will
    even increase your crop yield. This compost is a little harder to make since
    you can't use any old thing you find lying around like weeds. You will need
    to use a 15 item combination of watermelons, pineapples, or herb better or
    equal to avantoes. Here are some examples of what will and won't make super
    compost.
    
    Super Compost Combinations:
    
    15 Pineapples
    10 Watermelons and 5 avantoes or better herbs.
    1 avantoe, 14 pineapples.
    And more.
    
    Regular Compost:
    
    14 pineapples, 1 cabbage.
    14 weeds, 1 pineapples.
    And others.
    
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    Disease is a major problem that will stop your plants from growing and will
    even kill them. In this section you will learn how to prevent and treat your
    crop's diseases.
    
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    Avoiding disease is the best thing you can do. You can stop disease dead in
    it's tracks by planting flowers, building a scarecrow, or by hiring a 
    gardener. However, the most simple way is to stand around and water. If you
    stand with your crops as they crop you can catch the disease and treat it
    before it causing harm. If you don't feel like standing around and watering
    you can plant a flower. A flower, when fully grown, will prevent disease
    completely but only if you use the right flower for the right plant. Marigold
    flowers will protect potatoes, onions, and tomatoes. Rosemary will protect
    cabbage, and nasturtiums will protect watermelons. Sweetcorn, however, is
    different. Sweetcorn doesn't have any flower to protect it because the
    disease isn't caused by a bug that will be distracted by a flower but by
    birds. To stop birds from attacking and causing disease to your sweetcorn you
    will need to plant a scarecrow. 
    
    Scarecrow's require 23 farming to build. Here is how you build them.
    
    1. Use the stack on a bale of hay.
    2. Use the hay stack on a bronze spear.
    3. Use a watermelon on it.
    4. Place the scarecrow in an empty flower patch.
    
    The other way to protect your plants is to hire a gardener. The gardener will
    make sure your plants reach adulthood, however they will ask for a fee.
    
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    If your crops got disease they can be easily treated by using a plant cure
    on them. That's all that needs to be done on vegetables but bushes and trees
    can only be cured if you use secatuers to try away the damaged leaves. If you
    fail to treat the plants in time and they die you can dig them up with a
    spade.
    
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    All tools can be bought from a farming shop. There is a farming shop at the
    farm above Catherby. Here's a description of what they all do.
    
    Rake - Used to clear fields of weeds.
    
    Seed Dibber - For planting seeds with.
    
    Watering Can - You water plants with this. You can use a watering can 8 times
    before they need refilled.
    
    Spade - Used to harvest or dig up dead crops.
    
    Secatuers - Cut leaves off diseased bushes or trees.
    
    Gardening Trowel - Transport soil from a field to a plantpot.
    
    Compost - Used to fertilize your soil.
    
    Sack - Store 10 vegetables in it.
    
    Basket - Store 5 vegetables in it.
    
    Plantpot - Grow saplings in it until they can be transplanted.
    
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     '.            Advanced Farming            .'
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    Once you master the basics of farming it's time to take a more advanced
    approach. Below you will learn all about farming locations, seeds, and more.
    
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      .'           Farming locations          '.
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    There are many farms throughout runescape. All have different uses and some
    are in better places. The locations are sorted into types and have the closet
    teleport location in parathesis.
    
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    | Full Farms |
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    North of Catherby 
    South of Falador  
    North of Ardougne 
    East of Port Phasmastys 
    
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    | Hops Patches | 
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    Northern Lumbridge 
    North of Coal Trucks 
    Southwest on Entranna 
    North in Yanille 
    
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    | Bushes |
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    West of Champs Guild  
    Etceteria 
    Rimmington  
    South of Ardougne   
    
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    | Wood Trees |
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    Varrock Castle  
    Falador Garden 
    West of Lumbridge   
    Western Taverly
    
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    | Fruit Trees | 
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    South of White Wolf Mountain 
    West of Gnome Maze
    Gnome Stronghold 
    Brimhaven
    
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    | Spirit Trees |
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    Etceteria 
    Brimhaven 
    Port Sarim  
    
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    | Special Seeds |
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    Mushrooms west of Canifis  
    Calquat Tree at Tai Bwo Wannai  
    Belladonna at Draynor Manor 
    Cacti northeastern Al Kharid 
    
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      .'           Gardener Payments          '.
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    Gardeners will look after your crops, for a price. The do a great job, so it
    might be worth it to you.
     
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    | Allotments |
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    Potatoes: 2 Buckets of compost
    Onions: 1 Sack of Potatoes
    Cabbage: 1 Sack of onions
    Tomatoes: 2 Sacks of cabbage
    Sweetcorn: 10 Jute fibres
    Strawberries: 1 Basket of apples
    Watermelons: 10 Curry leaves
    
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    |Hops Plots |
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    Barely: 3 Buckets of compost
    Hammerstone Hops: 1 Marigold
    Asgarnian hops: 1 Sack of onions
    Jute: 6 Handfuls of Barley malt
    Yannilian hops: 1 Basket of Tomatoes
    Krandorian hops: 3 Sacks of Cabbage
    Wildblood hops: 1 Nasturtium
    
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    | Bush Plots |
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    Redberry bush: 4 Sacks of Cabbage
    Cadavaberry: 3 Baskets of Tomatoes
    Dwellberry: 3 Baskets of Strawberries
    Jangerberry: 6 Watermelons
    Whiteberry: 8 Mushrooms
    Poison Ivy: 15 Coconuts
    
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    | Tree Plots |
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    Oak trees: 1 Basket of Tomatoes
    Willow trees: 1 Basket of Apples
    Maple trees: 1 Basket of Oranges
    Yew trees: 10 Cactus spines
    Magic trees: 25 Coconuts
    
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    | Fruit Tree Plots |
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    Apple trees: 9 Sweetcorn
    Banana trees: 4 baskets of apples
    Orange trees: 3 Baskets of Strawberries
    Curry trees: 5 Baskets of Bananas
    Pineapple trees: 10 Watermelons
    Papaya trees: 10 Pineapples
    Palm trees: 15 papayas
    
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     | Plant Name         | Required | Time in minutes    |
     |--------------------|----------|--------------------|
     | Potato             | Level 1  | 35                 |
     | Marigold           | Level 2  | 17.5               |
     | Barley             | Level 3  | 35                 |  
     | Hammerstone Hops   | Level 4  | 35                 | 
     | Onions             | Level 5  | 35                 | 
     | Cabbage            | Level 7  | 35                 |
     | Asgarnian Hops     | Level 8  | 45                 | 
     | Guam               | Level 9  | 70                 |
     | Redberry Bush      | Level 10 | 90                 | 
     | Rosemary           | Level 11 | 17.5               |
     | Tomatoes           | Level 12 | 35                 |
     | Jute Plant         | Level 13 | 45                 |
     | Marrentil          | Level 14 | 70                 |  
     | Acorn              | Level 15 | 140 (2.3 hours)    | 
     | Yanillian Hops     | Level 16 | 55                 |  
     | Tarromin           | Level 19 | 70                 | 
     | Sweetcorn          | Level 20 | 35                 |
     | Krandorian Hops    | Level 21 | 65                 | 
     | Cadavaberry Bush   | Level 22 | 110 (1.8 hours)    |
     | Nasturtium         | Level 24 | 17.5               |  
     | Woad               | Level 25 | 17.5               |  
     | Limpwurt Plant     | Level 26 | 17.5               |  
     | Harralander        | Level 26 | 70                 |  
     | Apple Tree         | Level 27 | 880 (14.6 hours)   |
     | Wildblood Hops     | Level 28 | 75                 |
     | Gout Weed          | Level 29 | 70                 |  
     | Willow Tree        | Level 30 | 220 (3.6 hours)    |
     | Strawberries       | Level 31 | 35                 |  
     | Ranarr Weed        | Level 32 | 70                 |  
     | Banana Tree        | Level 33 | 880 (14.6 hours)   |
     | Dwellberry Bush    | Level 36 | 130 (2.1 hours)    |
     | Toadflax           | Level 38 | 70                 |
     | Orange Tree        | Level 39 | 880 (14.6 hours)   |
     | Curry Tree         | Level 42 | 880 (14.6 hours)   |
     | Irit Leaf          | Level 44 | 70                 |
     | Maple Tree         | Level 45 | 300 (5 hours)      |
     | Watermelon         | Level 47 | 35                 | 
     | Jangerberry Bush   | Level 48 | 150 (2.5 hours)    |
     | Avantoe            | Level 50 | 70                 |  
     | Pineapple Tree     | Level 51 | 880 (14.6 hours)   |
     | Bittercap Mushroom | Level 53 | 220 (3.6 hours)    |
     | Cactus             | Level 55 | 520 (8.6 hours)    |
     | Kwuarm             | Level 56 | 70                 |
     | Papaya Tree        | Level 57 | 880 (14.6 hours)   |
     | Whiteberry Bush    | Level 59 | 150 (2.5 hours)    |
     | Yew Tree           | Level 60 | 380 (6.3 hours)    |
     | Snapdragon         | Level 62 | 70                 | 
     | Belladonna         | Level 63 | 280 (4.6 hours)    |
     | Cadantine          | Level 67 | 70                 |
     | Palm Tree          | Level 68 | 880 (14.6 hours)   |
     | Poison Ivy Bush    | Level 70 | 150 (2.5 hours)    |
     | Calquat Tree       | Level 72 | 1200 (20 hours)    |
     | Lantadyme          | Level 73 | 70                 |  
     | Magic Tree         | Level 75 | 460 (7.6 hours)    |
     | Dwarf Weed         | Level 79 | 70                 | 
     | Spirit Tree        | Level 83 | 3680 (2.6 days)    |
     | Torstol            | Level 85 | 70                 |  
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    When you get an herb seed you can't tell what herb it is, just like whenever
    you get an herb leaf. The rarity in which you get the seeds from stealing
    from farmers is as follows.
     
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     | Herb Type   | %Chance |
     |-------------|---------|
     | Guam Leaf   | 32%     |
     | Marrentill  | 18%     |
     | Tarromin    | 16%     |
     | Harralander | 10%     |
     | Ranarr Weed |  8%     |
     | Toadflax    |  6%     |
     | Irit Leaf   |  4%     |
     | Avantoe     |  3%     |
     | Kuarm       |  1%     |
     | Snapdragon  | .7%     |
     | Cadantine   | .6%     |
     | Lantadyme   | .3%     |
     | Dwarf Weed  | .2%     |
     | Torstol     | .2%     |
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      .'            Amulet of Nature          '.
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    The amulet nature is a very useful item. You can assign it to a patch and it
    will tell you when the patch has fully grown or died. The amulet does however
    have one major problem. You can only have one.
    
    To make the amulet you need 75 farming, 75 woodcutting, 19 crafting, and 
    27 magic.
    
    You need an amulet mould, gold bar, magic root, and emerald.
    
    You get the magic root by planting a magic tree at your farm then cutting it
    down. Spin the magic root to get a magic string. Use the gold bar and emerald
    to make an emerald amulet. Use the magic string with the amulet and enchant
    the amulet with a level 27 magic spell. 
    
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    There are others things that farming has introduced into the world of
    runescape.
    
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      .'           Cap'n Arnav Event          '.
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    Cap'n Arnav will appear as a random event only when you're farming. He will
    discover buried treasure in one of your plot and as for your help decoding
    the lock. What you need to do is match up each picture with the word 
    underneath it to unlock the chest and claim the prize!
    
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     '.                Credits                 .'
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    This guide is Copyright 2005 AtSeN
    
    This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal, 
    private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed 
    publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other 
    web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a 
    violation of copyright.
    
    This guide should only be on gamefaqs.com, if you see it anywhere else
    then email me at suntzu22@gmail.com
    
    If you find any errors, need more help, or want to contribute for information
    to my guide then email me at suntzu22@gmail.com
    
    My runescape name is Sunzilla incase you ever need to message me online.
    
    I'd like to thank..
    
    GameFAQs and CJayC for hosting this guide.
    Jagex and Andrew Gower for creating runescape and the farming skill.
    
    That brings this guide to an end, I hope you found it helpful.