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I Dig It

I Dig It

Jan 29, 2015

If there’s one thing a Wizard101 enthusiast loves, it’s mega snacks. Many of us have farmed for hours for Couch Potato seeds; they drop often (at least compared to the frequency Evil Magma Pea drops) from simple mob battles in Grizzleheim, grow quickly, drop treasure cards that can earn you plenty of gold, replace their own seeds, and give a guaranteed rank 9 mega snack at elder. For several years, farming for couch potatoes has been a favorite way for many to players to pass the time when they only have a few minutes to play and want to do something. As a result, many players now have a decent-sized Couch Potato garden.

And then, KingsIsle introduced gardening member benefits.

 

Suddenly, that quaint, easily managed Couch Potato garden doubled in size, or in some lucky cases, even quadrupled! How can one wizard care for all these seeds?! There are a few different alternatives, but as with plants that take medium plots, one alternative is to build a stacking garden.

 

STACKING GARDENS

For those who are new to the concept of stacking, it allows you to dig your plots in layers on top of each other, which makes it possible for you to fit more plants within the range of your large gardening spells. It should be noted that the more you stack, the more likely you are to run into problems and glitches. IIt must be noted to while KI does know about stacking gardens and allows it to continue without sanctions, because it is made possible due to a glitch, KI support will not be able to help you (replace lost seeds, refund Crowns, etc) if you run into any problems. The most common problem is that, if your backpack and bank are full and you harvest a stacked garden, your seeds may be lost. For this reason, if you are planning to build a stacked garden, always make sure you have room for the seeds you are about to harvest! In order to prevent abuse, KingsIsle has limited large areas spells so that they will only care for 69 seeds within their range. For this reason, the ideal plot stacking garden has room for 69 plots in several. This guide will show you how to create a reliable 69-large plot stacking garden.

 

 

For those of you who don’t want to watch the whole video, the key points in the video are as follows. If you sped through the video and get the basics of how to build your garden, here are a few of the more important tips in the video that you may want to consider before getting started:

  • Build a medium plot two crates high just beyond each corner of where you want your garden to be. These will help you be able to see the top levels of your garden later.
  • Make sure the labels on your crates are all facing in the same direction when building your crate stacks. When crates get turned around, weird things can happen to how/where the plots sit on them.
  • Make sure that each new layer is offset by at least half a crate in BOTH directions. If it is only move half a crate to the side but stays directly under the layer above it length-wise, you will not be able to plant in the lower layer.
  • When building the layers that made up of only crates (which means you will need to individually move 9 stacks of crates for each plot), be prepared to move around a lot in order to see and be able to move the stacks to the correct places, especially as you get to lower layers and the upper layers block your view. Be patient.
  • Once your plots are planted, use a flagpole to mark the approximate centre of your garden. This will give you a useful frame of reference when you are trying to see where to place your gnome, at which you will aim your gardening spells.
  • The garden you’ve built actually has 72 plots, so you can plough three of them. I highly suggest ploughing the lowest 3 layers of one of the center “towers”. By doing so, you will gain a clear line of sight to your gardening gnome from one corner of the garden, which will make it much easier to aim your spells later.
  • When you’ve placed your gnome (at 2 crates high), aim a large gardening spell at it and do a thorough check of your garden to ensure that the center of ALL plots will be hit by large spells. If some plots are more than half outside the circle, you’ll need to move your gnome a little.
  • When floating your likes above your garden, check after each item you put down that all the plots beneath it are still plantable. If they’re not, move the like until you find a spot that does not interfere with the ability to plant.

This is just one of many ways we’ve heard of people building a stacking garden of large plots. It’s not an easy or simple process, but it’s been tried and tested and in our experience has been very effective. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to bring them up in the comments below!

  • Hunter Griffinstaff

    Statue bases. You can only stack em up one doe