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Gardening

Wanna know how I garden? Well, like everything else, I do - very efficiently. Here is a 1 sentence summary -- just plant strawberries, rake every day and never, ever water. (Read below for the whole story).

First, I did a test of all of the different fruits and vegetables.

I laid out the garden in diagonal rows. I did this because I found that was the easiest to manage in terms of viewing, comparing and watering. By keeping spaces between the rows, I was able to quickly run my mouse across the rows to see if they needed watering.

So, I planted the following vegetables:

Plant

Number

Cost Each

Total Cost

Carrots
6
50
300
Pumpkins
6
45
270
Watermelons
8
45
360
Strawberries
10
50
500
Cabbage
8
50
400
Tomatoes
6
50
300
Corn
7
50
350
 
51
 
2480

The numbers were almost inconsequential, because I just wanted to get averages.

You will notice that I planted the shortest plants in the front and the tallest in the back. This is because the taller vegetables could obscure the shorter ones, making it very difficult to tend to the shorter ones.

I ran this test for 2 months, watering and raking every day, and harvesting the plants as soon as they were ready. It was a bit tedious watering every day, and it took me a few tries before I was able to examine a plant and know when it needed weeding - but that skill comes pretty quickly.

After 2 months, I had solid averages on the amount of time it took for a crop to harvest and the average yield per crop:

Plant
Harvest
Time
Average Yield
Per Plant
Sale Price
(KC)
Average Gross
Avg Gross / Day
Days til Profit
Carrots
7 Days
1.9
7
13.3
1.9
27
Pumpkins
6 Days
1
10
10
1.7
27
Watermelons
6 Days
1
10
10
1.7
27
Strawberries
9 Days
2.8
7
19.6
2.2
23
Cabbage
8 Days
1.4
8
11.2
1.4
36
Tomatoes
11 Days
2.5
8
15
1.4
37
Corn
9 Days
2.5
6
15
1.7
30

So, examining the table, you can see that Strawberries yield the most fruit and return the highest gross per day (2.6 KC per plant, per day)

So, I planted a strawberry garden:

This garden has 99 strawberry plants (I could have put 100, but I like having the extra walk in space, because it makes it easier to exit the room (without having to use the map)). I have also heard that there could be a problem if you adopt a new pet while in the garden with 100 squares filled (because the new pet has nowhere to go), so if you have a full garden, and you are doing a pet adoption, make sure you are not in the garden when you adopt the pet -- or just set up a 99 garden). 
 
This garden cost 4950 kc to set up. The first harvest occurred 9 days later, yielding 277 strawberries (2.80 per), which gave me 1939 in Kinz Cash when I sold them to the W-Shop at 7 KC per strawberry). 9 Days later, this yard yielded 289 strawberries (2.91 per / 2023 kc). 9 Days later, it yielded 275 (2.77 / 1925). So, in 27 days, I sold 841 strawberries for 5887. My first month's profit was only 937 KC - but each month after that, I can expect to return nearly 6000 kc from the strawberry crop. If you take the math a little further, you will find that I can expect a little over 40 harvests per year, with each harvest earning roughly 1939 KC - which comes out to 77560 in one year for a single strawberry field (with 99 strawberries) - so even subtracting the initial one time investment, gardening can be very profitable.
 
I will continually update the rates on this page, so check back.  One harvest yielded 327 strawberries - or 3.3 per for 2289 kc.  After 8 harvests, my average yield is 2.945 - which is getting closer and closer to 3 (again, suggesting that this is a pure random draw between 1 and 5.

OK, so how much work is it?

Well, it can be a lot. At first, I was weeding and watering everything, every day. Then, during my tests, I had a day that I wasn't on webkinz because I was on the road. I had a few plants that hadn't been weeded (and none of them were watered). I continued with the test, and when it came time to harvest, I found that the ones that did not get weeded that one day were not ready to be harvested. Since the crops were on different cycles, I watched this play out a couple of times over the course of the next couple of days. So, I decided to do a test. For one harvest cycle, I did not water, but I weeded every day. It seems like I had to weed a bit more than I did when I was weeding and watering every day, but when it came time to harvest, all of the plants harvested on time and their yields were not significantly different from when I was watering and weeding.

My summation is that it must rain in Webkinz World - so there is no need to water.

I have since stopped watering completely, which makes the daily process take much less time. For one thing, I can visually inspect the field to tell which plants need weeding - something you cannot do with the watering. Secondly, it appears that I have to weed about one quarter of the plants - so around 25 per day. If I had to water them I would have to attend to around 125 squares each day. So, this is very efficient.

The largest amount of time is selling the fruits and vegetables. I hope that in the future Ganz makes it so that you can sell these more quickly.


Winter Strawberries

Here is the winter garden full of strawberries:
 


Other Winter Garden

Here is my other winter garden:
 


 
 

 

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