Welcome back to the second part of my guide to farmville. This part is intended to cover level 30 onwards and before we take another look at new features I’m going to talk about farm layout. I have already mentioned in the first part that it makes sense to trap your farmer and use some functional buildings for animals and keep profitable animals and trees for the collectibles. You should also try to expand your farm to the largest possible size as soon as you can. When you have expanded your farm to the 28×28 version, you might think about rearranging buildings, animals and trees to get the most plots or spreading out animals and getting rid of plots.
Beauty is very subjective of course, some people think their farm only looks good when they arrange their plots so that it looks like their farm has hills but they can’t be worked on with vehicles anymore. One way of making your plots look beautiful is by planting different crops that ideally take the same time to grow in patterns. The drawback is again that as your designs get more intricate they take longer to plant and can’t be done with vehicles.
One of the basic ways to make your farm look better is by placing trees along the right edge and the top since that hides the lines and the writing there. It also makes sense to place buildings next to each other along these edges so they don’t cover up animals or plots behind them (unless you want them to). With animals like calves, chickens, foals and sheep you can arrange them in different patterns or just try to mix them so your farm looks more colorful. I like my calves mixed up and close together but a friend of mine told me he thinks it looks way too crowded for him. If you like to give your animals more room, you lose some profit. But you should like your farm the way it is, so don’t make too much of this and keep them the way you like it best.
Another way to make your farm look different that doesn’t cost much is by using the different backgrounds you can choose at the market in the farm upgrade section. A snow blanket may be a nice change for the winter or you can just make your farm look like a beach or a desert. Usually players who care enough about the look of their farm to choose a different background will also experiment with theme decorations. You don’t necessarily have to spend farmcash and buy everything that gets released for a theme, you can also buy only a few coin buildings and decorations and combine them with other themes or make one corner of your farm into a theme area.
For practical reasons it is a good idea to keep the work on harvesting, plowing and seeding to a minimum for each turn if you still want to progress fast and plant new crops several times a day. So it is a good idea to put your plots together in one large area instead of having small separate areas to plant. It is also easier and faster to work on them if you place them so you get 4×4 areas for your souped up vehicles to work well on them. I have 27×12 plots at the front of my farm and the plots area extends almost all the way to 28×12 plots on the left. In order to harvest, plow and plant all these 511 plots I only have to click 33 times using the combine.
As long as 2/3 to ¾ of your farm are still covered with plots, you should have a quite productive farm. If you are still prepared to plant and harvest several times a day, you will probably overtake all your neighbors sooner or later.
2 Old neighbors and new limits – when to get rid of neighbors and find new ones and the new challenge of staying under the limit while still getting the goodies you want
© Conny Streit, 2011