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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mushrooms west of Canifis  
Calquat Tree at Tai Bwo Wannai  
Belladonna at Draynor Manor 
Cacti northeastern Al Kharid 

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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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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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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    |
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 | 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 |
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 | 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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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 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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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.