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Farming is a very useful thing in Minecraft. There are five different types of farming in the game, which are: mob farming, experience farming, food farming, block farming, and item farming. However, this article will focus mainly on food farming.
Throughout this article we’ll be giving you some tips and tricks that will help you build and sustain a good farm in Minecraft. We’ll discuss some important points that will help you produce the right crops and use them correctly.
Do Not Jump on Your Crops
As you probably have found out, a crop will be destroyed if a player (or mob) jumps on it. For this reason, it’s a good idea to make changes to your farm so that you can prevent this. One of the best things that you could do would be to either change the structure of your farm, or use a fence to make the farm much harder to access.
If you like the idea of changing your farm’s structure, here are a few ideas for you. Firstly, you could create your farm in “levels” i.e. one piece of farmland above another, with a short gap in-between. Essentially you are creating a vertical farm instead of a horizontal one. You can use torches and glass blocks to allow sunlight to pass through. Create a pathway on the different levels of your farm so that it can still be accessed for harvesting.
Surrounding your farm with a fence is probably going to be the easiest way to protect your crops, just remember to build it high enough so that the mobs can’t get inside. It might be worthwhile to instead build a wall around your farm and place a door within an area of the wall so that you can enter. Make sure to place a pathway around your farm so that you can easily harvest without destroying your crops.
Watering Your Fields
When creating your farm, it’s best to create it close to water so that the crops can easily stay hydrated throughout the farming process. If you have a larger field then it’s good to know that just one block can irrigate 80 blocks of farmland. A great tip to keep in mind is placing a lily pad over the water block so that you don’t fall in when harvesting.
You should always keep your crops hydrated, it’s not actually necessary but it will definitely speed up the farming process. In addition to placing water around your crops, you can also use a watering can to add more water.
How to Cook and Smelt
Cooking and smelting are two very important aspects of replenishing your energy in Minecraft. The crops that you harvest from farming aren’t going to be the best type of food to replenish your energy with. Aside from golden apples, the best type of food source is meats. Your crops should mainly be used for breeding, although wheat can be used to make bread.
Pork chops, chicken, beef, and steak are going to be the four food sources that you should focus on. In order to cook/smelt you will first need to obtain meat and then create a furnace with cobblestone by using a crafting table. A furnace can be created easily by filling up all the boxes in the grid apart from the one in the center.
Once you have your furnace, you will need to get some coal. You can either use your pickaxe or mine the coal, or you can make charcoal out of wood. Go over to your furnace and place the coal at the bottom, then place the meat at the top. Your meat will become cooked as soon as the arrow at the side is full.
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