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Palia – Best Crop Layout

Be in a field of your own.

Palia wouldn’t be much of a cozy crafting and gathering RPG without the ability to set up your own garden and farm your own crops, as well as go mushroom picking and fishing. While you may find deeper farming systems in some other games, I’ve found the way you can grow crops in Palia both satisfying and simple, but with enough subtle ways to perfect it that it rewards good play. Early crops are fuss-free, but as you go through the levels, you’ll need to think harder about where to grow. Read on for my best crop layout suggestions for farming and gardening in Palia. 

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Best farm layouts for crops in Palia

TomatoRiceWheatOnionPotatoRice
PotatoOnionPotatoCarrotTomatoCarrot
RiceCarrotTomatoRiceWheatOnion
WheatTomatoCarrotOnionRicePotato
OnionPotatoWheatTomatoCarrotTomato
TomatoOnionRicePotatoOnionWheat

While crops won’t die in Palia, they can stop growing without due care and attention. The reason crop layout is important is that certain crops give buffs to the farming spaces around them. The layout above has worked well for me, spreading out bonuses to decrease labor and increase yields. Note that I haven't included Apples and Blueberries, as these only come into the picture once you reach level 10 in Gardening, by which time I expect you'll have your own preferred setup.

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This can mean that you need to do less watering, get more star-quality crops, or avoid weeds growing in certain spaces. Less watering means less maintenance, while weeds stop growth (in the same way not watering does) until you clear them. So, the best crop layouts in Palia see you take advantage of as many crop buffs as you can, depending on what you’re planting.

It’s important to note that crop bonuses only apply to spaces orthogonal to the crop giving the bonus (so up, down, left, and right of it). Crops in diagonally adjacent spaces will not get the benefit. Also, bonuses from a crop will not stack with other identical bonuses.

The best farm layout will depend on which bonuses you want to take advantage of—there is no right answer. Just realize that it is possible to give non-edge crop spaces four different buffs at once by surrounding them with different crops. 

Crop layout bonuses, explained

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The crops that give bonuses to the squares around them (and what they mean) are as follows:

  • Grow Speed Increase (Apple, Blueberry): Reduces the amount of days your crop needs to grow, so great for slow crops such as Apple and Blueberry.
  • Increased chance of Star Quality (Cotton): Non-essential (unless you need a specific item for a quest) but a nice bonus to the sale value and potentially any seeds you get from the crop. Also, note that star-quality bonuses (such as using a star-quality seed) do not stack.
  • Increased Harvest Yield (Rice, Wheat): It’s always nice to have a chance to get some free bonus crops when you harvest.
  • Water Retain (Potato, Tomato): These squares will have a chance to retain their water, meaning you won’t need to water them the following day when this (random) buff triggers.
  • Weed Block (Carrot, Onion): Prevents weeds from growing on the spaces protected, reducing the maintenance you’ll need to do. 

Related: How to fix Stuttering and Freezing in Palia (Solved)

Other ways to improve crops - Fertilizer

You can add a variety of fertilizers to your crop plots once you’ve got a Worm Farm (increase your fishing skill to level four and then buy the recipe from Einar):

  • QualityUp Fertilizer: An increased chance of a Star-quality crop.
  • HarvestBoost Fertilizer: Better chance of a higher harvest yield.
  • SpeedyGro Fertilizer: Reduces the growing time of the crop.
  • WeedBlock Fertilizer: Prevents weeds from growing.
  • HydratePro Fertilizer: Chance for Water Retention (no need to water crops when you get the bonus).

Looking for more on Palia? Check out How to get Leather, Fabric, and Silk in Palia and our Palia Romanceable Characters Guide here at Pro Game Guides!


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