Ranch Simulator – Beginning Gardening Guide

A basic guide to growing crops.

Gardening Guide for Newbies

How To Garden

  • Build a [small or large] garden plot.
  • Small costs 10 wood planks and grows 1 plant.
  • Large costs 18 wood planks and grows 2 plants.
  • Buy seeds at the general store.
  • Come in packs of 10.
  • Plant seed into plot.
  • Take a water bucket and water seed.
  • Plant drinks water & advances growth every 5 in-game minutes.
  • Only when the sun is out (6:00 – 20:00).
  • Don’t let the water level get too low.
  • Once the growth bar is 100 it’s ready to harvest.
  • Most plants provide multiple harvests without replanting.
  • If the grey bar is full, the plant is dead – remove it.
  • Fertilizer makes plant grow faster.
  • Automatic sprinklers need to be within radius of the water windmill.

Types of Plants

Cabbage

  • Cost: 10$ per 10 seeds.
  • Sell Price: 5$.
  • Does not grow back after harvest.

Watermelon

  • Cost: 10$ per 10 seeds.
  • Sell Price: 7$.
  • Cannot store in cooler/basket.

Pumpkin

  • Cost: 10$ per 10 seeds.
  • Sell Price: 10$.
  • Cannot store in cooler/basket.

Tomato

  • Cost: 30$ per 10 seeds.
  • Sell Price: 6$ (x4 per harvest).

Pineapple

  • Cost: 45$ per 10 seeds.
  • Sell Price: 30$.

Bell Peppers

  • Cost: 20$ per 10 seeds.
  • Sell Price: 2$ (x5 per harvest).

Strawberry

  • Cost: 30$ per 10 seeds.
  • Sell Price: 4$ (x4 per harvest).

Grape

  • Cost: 70$ per 10 seeds.
  • Sell Price: 20$ (x3 per harvest).

The Maths

Cabbage

  • Grows 1.66 per tick.
  • Drinks 2.5 water per tick.
  • Total growth time: ~5 sun hours w/o fertilizer.
  • Income: 5$ per crop w/ 1 crop per harvest per seed.
  • Net profit per seed pack: 40$.
  • Break even: 2 harvests (10 hours).

Watermelon

  • Grows 1.11 per tick.
  • Drinks 2.23 water per tick.
  • Total growth time: ~7.5 sun hours w/o fertilizer.
  • Income: 7$ per crop w/ 1 crop per harvest.
  • Net profit per seed pack: 60$ minimum.
  • Break even: 2 harvests (15 hours).

Pumpkin

  • Grows 0.41 per tick.
  • Drinks 0.42 water per tick.
  • Total growth time: ~20 sun hours w/o fertilizer.
  • Income: 10$ per crop w/ 1 crop per harvest.
  • Net profit per seed pack: 90$ minimum.
  • Break even: 1 harvest (20 hours).

Tomato

  • Grows 0.41 per tick.
  • Drinks 1.25 water per tick.
  • Total growth time: ~20 sun hours w/o fertilizer.
  • Income: 6$ per crop w/ 4 crop per harvest.
  • Net profit per seed pack: 210$ minimum.
  • Break even: 2 harvests (40 hours).

Pineapple

  • Grows 0.27 per tick.
  • Drinks 1.01 water per tick.
  • Total growth time: ~31 sun hours w/o fertilizer.
  • Income: 30$ per crop w/ 1 crop per harvest.
  • Net profit per seed pack: 255$ minimum.
  • Break even: 2 harvests (62 hours).

Bell Peppers

  • Grows 0.83 per tick.
  • Drinks 2.5 water per tick.
  • Total growth time: ~10 sun hours w/o fertilizer.
  • Income: 2$ per crop w/ 5 crop per harvest.
  • Net profit per seed pack: 80$ minimum.
  • Break even: 2 harvests (20 hours).

Strawberry

  • Grows 0.83 per tick.
  • Drinks 2.92 water per tick.
  • Total growth time: ~10 sun hours w/o fertilizer.
  • Income: 4$ per crop w/ 4 crop per harvest.
  • Net profit per seed pack: 130$ minimum.
  • Break even: 2 harvests (20 hours).

Grape

  • Grows 0.18 per tick.
  • Drinks 0.56 water per tick.
  • Total growth time: ~46.3 sun hours w/o fertilizer.
  • Income: 20$ per crop w/ 3 crop per harvest.
  • Net profit per seed pack: 530$ minimum.
  • Break even: 2 harvests (92.6 hours).

TL;DR

  • Water plants frequently, especially when you leave the ranch and when you come back.
  • If you’re just starting out, go with cabbages until you’ve planned the layout.
  • Avoid strawberries until you got your sprinklers up & running.
  • I don’t think grapes are worth it.
  • Buy a composter first.
  • Hold the basket/cooler and press E on the ripe plant to harvest all at once.

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