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​OSRS Farming Overview

Jun-28-2021 PST

Farming is one of the most essentials skills in all of OSRS, which includes planting seeds and harvesting the crops to obtain various hops, vegetables, and herbs. This also includes mushrooms, trees and cacti. The harvested crops have many uses in other skills like Cooking and Herblore, where the initial product can be sold to gain profit. These crops provide a huge amount of experience, and the time required to harvest crops varies depending on the type of seed used. Farming also allows you to log out during the harvesting time, as the crops time to grow. The higher quality of crops you grow, the better experience you gain, and in terms of rapid experience, you can start planning farm runs in different locations.

Variants of Compost

The first step while farming is to remove unnecessary weeds from the farming patches, and once they’re cleared, you can start by adding compost to the patches. Composting is done to prevent the crops from being diseased, as well as increase their yielding capacity. You can either buy composts from a Farming store across OSRS or obtain it by adding 15 weeds or other vegetables into the compost bin. A superior version of compost is the Super Compost, which has a higher-yielding capacity and provides a lower chance of your crops becoming diseased. You can make a Super Compost by adding high-level farming produces like watermelons, pineapples, herbs etc. Speaking of which, there’s also another variant of compost known as Ultra Compost, which can be made by adding 25 Volcanic Ashes into the bin of Super Compost, or you can simply add 2 ashes into the bucket to make one. There’s also a magic spell that comes in handy to turn an already-added compost into Super Compost, and that is the Fertile Soil spell from the Lunar Spell Book.

How to Obtain Farming Seeds?

You can obtain seeds either from other players, thieving stalls, or monsters in the form of drops. Low-level seeds are quite cheap and can be bought off the Grand Exchange easily, whereas high-level ones like tree seeds, or good-quality herbs are worth thousands of gold coins. The other ways to obtain seeds in-game are; Pickpocketing the Master Farmers, Bird Nests obtained while training the skills Woodcutting, Finishing up Farming Contracts, Hunting Imp-lings, and Rewards from minigames like Wintertodt, Tithe Farm, and Barbarian Assault.

Preventing Diseases

While growing crops and harvesting them once they’re fully grown, there may be chances of the patch catching a disease, which would ruin the plantation. Farming does allow you to log out to avoid waiting for the crops to grow.

However, the process can end up being spoiled if they catch up on the disease. So, to prevent such mis-happenings, you can use Super or Ultra-Compost on the patch to reduce the risks of being diseased, and this will also allow you to safely log out without the need to be worrying about your crops.

Gardeners also provide services to take care of the patches, and the payment for these services is not in the form of gold coins. For example, to protect a patch of potatoes, the gardener will ask for two buckets of compost in return, and for protecting a patch of onions, he’ll ask for a sack of potatoes. These services are not available for the protection of herbs or flowers, but if you’ve completed 50% of Hosidius House Favour, you’ll be granted protection on herbs and flower patches at all times by the local farmers. A good suggestion is to complete the quests Making Friends with My Arm, and My Arm’s Big Adventure, as they protect two farming patches for free.

Farming Tools

Farming tools include; Rake to get rid of weeds, Spade to harvest crops, remove roots, bushes and dead plants, Watering Can prevent diseases and waters the plants, Seed Dibber to plant the seed in a patch, Gardening Trowel to fill the soil in a patch, Secateurs to cut away the dead diseased plants, Basket to store fruits, Empty Sack to store vegetables, Plant Pot to plant trees, Plant Cure to cure diseased plants. These items, including others like Buckets, Composts etc can be bought off a Tool Leprechaun, which is present in every Farming Patch area across OSRS. The Leprechauns are also useful to turn herbs into noted items so that your inventory spaces get saved during farm runs.

Outfit & Other Accessories Helpful for Farming

There’s an outfit for Farming called Farmer’s Outfit, which provides a boost in your Farming Experience while harvesting crops. It requires level 34 Farming to equip and the pieces can be purchased from the Tithe Farm shop. You’ll need to obtain 400 points from the Tithe Farm minigame to buy the complete outfit.

Another accessory is the Amulet of Nature, which is an untradeable item used to monitor how your patches are doing. You can use the item to bind it to a particular patch, and it’ll help you to monitor If your crops have caught a disease, finished growing or have died. You can also know the current state of the patch by rubbing the amulet, which will give you a good idea of the time left to grow.

Farming Guild

To enter the guild, you’ll need to have at least 60% Hosidius Favour, along with a Farming level of 45. It is a members-only area, located north of the Kebos Swamp. There’s a greenhouse inside the guild, which is separated into three levels, and each of these tier levels acts as a boost while increasing your Farming level.

Farming Minigames

There’s a Farming-based minigame called Tithe Farm, located in the city of Hosidius. In this minigame, you have to plant special seeds, help them grow, and finally harvest them, while adding them into different sacks to earn minigame points and experience in Farming. To gain access into the minigame, you’re required to have 100% Hosidius favour, along with 34 levels in Farming. The game consists of three types of seeds; Golovanova Seeds, Bologano Seeds, and Lagavano Seeds, which require levels 34, 54, and 75 respectively.


Farming Quests

In OSRS some quests can provide players with a good farming experience, and can help them gain a few starter levels without much effort. Recipe for Disaster provides 1,000 Farming Experience, Enlightened Journey provides 3,000 Experience, Fairy Tale 1 – Growing Pains provides 3,500 Experience, Grim Tales provides 4,000 Experience, Forgettable Tale, Garden of Tranquillity, and My Arm’s Big Adventure provides 5,000 Experience, Rum Deal provides 7,000 Experience, and Song of the Elves provides the most Farming Experience, which is 20,000. Hope this guide was useful!

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