Farming - HM:ToT
FARMING IN HARVEST MOON: TREE of TRANQUILITY
This page is a Farming Guide for Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility.
 Introduction to Farming
Farming is one of the most important things in any Harvest Moon game. Your main priority is to make the lands beautiful again; how you go about doing that determines what new options you unlock.
Farming is most likely the most profitable aspect of this game, depending on how much stamina you have and how many crops you can plant per season. It depends on how many plots of land you have, and whether or not your tools are upgraded - a low level watering can won't get you very far!
Farming requires three basic tools: Watering Can, Hoe, and Sickle.
 Preparing the Field to Plant
No matter which plot you choose your field will always start out with weeds, stumps and boulders. For farming you must first clear the plot of any weeds and boulders, and trees.
Weeds are easy to get rid of - either pull them up by hand or use the sickle. It's a better idea to use your sickle, because as you level it up it will take a lot less stamina to rid yourself of those nasty weeds. Although they don't look like much, weeds can take quite a bit of your stamina!
Boulders must be removed with the hammer. At the beginning of the game it will take a lot of your stamina to remove a boulder, therefore you may not be able to remove them all in one day; it could take multiple days for your field to be cleared! However, when you smash your boulders, you will get some stones - be sure to pick those up! They can later be used for an upgrade or building a barn or chicken coop. Once you pick them up, they will disappear and automatically be added to your amount of stones.
Trees must be removed with your axe. However, they are much harder to get rid of! There's little to no chance that you can rid yourself of a tree in one day with a low level axe. It's most definitely possible, but it will take quite a bit of hitting to finally get the tree to fall. Once the tree falls the stump will be left, which you will need to remove as well. Cutting down trees leaves you with lumber - pick them up! Like stones, they can be used in upgrades or buildings. They will disappear and be added to your lumber amount.
 Tilling the Soil
Before you can lay down your seeds, you must first till the soil. Unlike many other Harvest Moon games, this game requires you to till the soil in a 1x6 area, not a 3x3 area. This means your tilled area should look like this, with X being a tilled space:
X X X X X X
You can also put 6 diagonal in a row, but that's probably not the best choice since you can easily mess up.
You can only till soil on certain plots of land. You'll be able to tell by the way the soil looks - it will be brown and will have no grass (paths and walkways do not count). You can only till soil on pieces of land that you own, so unless you have bought all 4, you're restricted to only a few plots of land.
 Laying down your seeds
When you plant your seeds, you must be standing at the end of your tilled row, facing the row. X is the tilled soil, and you are P:
You should be standing reasonably close to the tilled row, but not necessarily touching it. It's very easy for you to miss and one of your squares won't have a seed on it!
You should be standing facing the row exactly head on. If you are turned even a small bit, you could possible miss the row and accidentally lay your seeds down on soil that is not tilled, meaning you have just wasted a full bag of seeds!
 Soil Quality
The quality of the crop will depend on the quality of the soil. Good soil will sprout more perfect and shining crops. Regular soil will sprout good and perfect crops with the occasional rare shining crop. Poor soil will sprout decent and good crops.
Shining crops are not a 100% guarantee, and you might only get 1-5 per harvest even if you use the best quality soil!
One way to increase the quality of the soil is through fertilizer. Regular fertilizer will last one season and only increase the soil by one level - poor soil to regular, regular to good. Rapid fertilizer will last two seasons and increase the soil to good no matter what the level was before. Happy fertilizer will last three seasons and increase the soil to good no matter what the level was before.
 When to Plant
The seeds that you buy from Souffle Farm are the seeds that you plant in that season. So you should buy them early so you can get a lot of crops!
You can also plant seeds out of season but they take much longer to grow. This means you can even plant things in the winter! However, the plants will grow slower. You cannot plant crops in a season more than two from it's normal growing season. Meaning Spring crops can be planted in Winter and Summer; Summer crops can be planted in Spring and Fall; Fall crops can be planted in Winter and Summer; Winter crops can be planted in Fall and Spring.
 Crop Care
Your crops will need certain things every day to live and grow.
You need to water them every day. In order to grow, they need water! You only need to water them once a day, and it can be any time during the day. However, you should water them in the morning because you don't know how much stamina you'll have left!
If it is raining you don't need to water your plants because the rain will water them for you.
You should also remove any weeds! Weeds will slow down the time it takes for them to grow, and it may also impact the quality of the crop. If you see a weed directly beside, or diagonal to your crops, cut it!
 The Weather
The weather can effect your crops in many ways:
Sunny And Cloudy
The crops will need to be watered by using the watering can on sunny and cloudy days. Also on Sunny days bees maybe flying around your flowers which then can be harvested for honey.
Rain And Snow
The crops will not need to be watered on days when it is raining or snowing.
Typhoon And Blizzard
On days when there is a typhoon crops will not need to be watered but may be damaged. On days when there is a blizzard crops will not need to be watered but are almost certainly likely to get damaged.
 The Plots
Unlike in previous games like Magical Melody, the plots that you can choose from in the beginning of the game have no advantage over the other in terms of farming, other than size. Some plots are bigger than others, but all the plots have a random selection of good, decent and poor quality soil. This means unless size matters to you, you can choose any plot of land and not worry about how your crops will come out.
 Hilltop Plot
The hilltop plot has 100 squares of fertile soil for you to plant your crops on.
 Seaside Plot
The seaside plot has 120 squares of fertile soil that you can plant your crops on.
 Town Plot
The town plot has 92 squares of fertile soil that you can plant crops on.
 Mountain Plot
This is the fourth plot that can be purchased later on in the game. It has 226 squares of fertile soil you can plant crops on.
 The Crops
The crops you can acquire in each season are as follows:-
 Spring Crops
Turnip, Potato, Cabbage, Flax, Strawberry, Breadfruit, Green Herb, Hycanith Flower, Lavender Flower, Tulip Flower, and Moondrop Flower.
Buy Price: 60G
Buy Price: 75G
Buy Price: 135G
Buy Price: 120G
Buy Price: 600G
Buy Price: 210G
Buy Price: 150G
Buy Price: 105G
Buy Price: 75G
Buy Price: 60G
Buy Price: 90G
Buy Price: 75G
 Summer Crops
Watermelon, Onion, Honeydew, Corn, Tomato, Cocoa, Blue Herb, Sunflower, Pansy Flower, Pink Cat Flower, Lily Flower, Begonia Flower, and Hibiscus Flower.
Buy Price: Buy Location: Regrow: Sell Price:
 Fall Crops
Rice, Spicey Pepper, Carrot, Yam, Bell Pepper, Eggplant, Spinach, Pumpkin, Purple Herb, Red Herb, Cosmos Flower, Morning Glory Flower, Blue Mist Flower, Rose Flower, and Chrysanthemum Flower.
 Winter Crops
Buckwheat, Yellow Herb, Green Bell Flower, and Snowflake Flower.
See also Table of All Crops
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