Farming can be a safe, effective way to generate food but consumes fresh water. It also requires the player to return to the farm about every 36 in-game hours, limiting exploration activities. Even without rain, dedicated tropical fruit farming will generally return as much fresh water to the player as was consumed during the plant growing process. This is because Quwawa and Kura Fruits provide 1 water and 2 food bars upon consumption.
Farm Plot Construction:
Craft a Crude Hoe using the following materials:
- Wood Stick x2
- Stone Tool x1
- Lashing x1
With Hoe in hand, a Farm Plot can be constructed with the following materials:
- Plank Scrap x2, or
- Corrugated Scrap x2, or
Planting, Watering and Harvesting:
A sapling will appear in the plot. This will mature over about 48 in-game hours and produce a single fruit among it's leaves. Press E (on default) collect the fruit. The plant will then commence another growth cycle, allowing continual harvests.
A newly constructed plot will contain 1 "water charge". It will evaporate in around 24 in-game hours. The player cannot add more water charges to the newly built plot, unless there is a plant in it.
If no charges are left, the plant will die after a short time. Usually, the fruit used to create the plant is returned to the player.
To water the plot, take a Coconut Flask, Water Skin or Clay Water Bottle in hand (Drinkable Coconuts cannot be used). Mouse over the plot and left click. One serving is removed from the bottle to refill 1 "water charge" within the plot. Plank and scrap farm plots hold the most water charges.
Thus, resource efficient farming entails watering the plot when only one "water charge" remains.