Minecraft – Introduction to Farming

Farming constitutes a valuable way to obtain supplies for your Minecraft adventures. Now before you think it’s a simple “go and grow” like you might find on well-known game apps, you may want to consider a few things.

Plant Farming

You first have to craft a hoe (in survival mode) or find one in the tools tab (in creative mode), then find a patch of grass to begin your farm. Right-click there to begin. Once it becomes rows of dirt that look like farmland, take a seed you’ve found – either from destroying trees and other plants in survival mode or finding them in the materials tab in creative mode – then right-click where you want to plant your seed. You will then see very small buds. To make your plants grow naturally, surround the field with a channel of water; an average time for full growth on water alone is 5-10 minutes. You are free to continue gameplay in the meanwhile and return to see your plants when you are ready. If you want them to grow faster, you can apply some bonemeal (from the bones of destroyed skeletons). Right-click the plant to apply that bonemeal, and voilà! Depending on the size of the plant (e.g. grass vs. tree), it takes 1-5 clicks for instantaneous growth.

Once the plant is grown, it is ready for harvest. Destroy the plant to make the produce drop. Some plants that can be grown are sugarcane, wheat, pumpkins, and carrots. Some plants have fun special features; for example, you can make a jack-o-lantern out of a pumpkin and wear it on your head!

Mob Farming

Mob farming is more complicated than plant farming. The purpose of mob farming is not to grow plants but rather to “grow” a group of enemies that upon “birth” will die automatically, providing you with the items they will drop. Sounds gruesome, but in reality the characters “grown” or spawned just fall over and disappear, leaving behind valuable items such as ender pearls (which can be used for finding end portals), bones (which can be used for bonemeal or to train a dog), or string (for bows and arrows).

The first thing you need to do is find a good design, which won’t be covered in this article (your best bet is to do an online search to find a design you prefer). One method that tends to work well is water + cliff. An essential component of mob farming is a completely dark enclosure, as any dark place within the world of Minecraft spawns enemy characters such as endermen and zombies, so keep that in mind as you start to explore the intricacies of mob farming. You will need to choose a location that can provide complete darkness, such as going underground or ocean caves, or a nocturnal time within gameplay.

Whether you prefer the more peaceful possibilities of farming plants, or the more adventurous world of spawning mobs for their dropped items, farming will be an important part of your Minecraft experience. For more great tips and guides, check out

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