Stardew Valley is an incredibly fun and addicting farming simulator, in the vein of Harvest Moon. But it has even more than Harvest Moon. The amount of content is boggling. There’s so much to plant, build, fight, gather, and romance. Here’s a couple of tips to get you started down the path of being a successful farmer.
1. Invest in crops that yield multiple harvests
Plants like blueberries, green beans and strawberries will produce multiple times, so you’re getting the best bang for your buck. The first time you can get strawberries is at the Egg Festival in Spring. But it’s the middle of Spring and they’re Spring plants. Buy as many as you can and hoard them for Spring in year two. Blueberries are available on the first day of Summer, so buy up as many as possible and plant them immediately.
2. Use fertilizer
Once you know how to craft fertilizer, you should not plant anything without first putting fertilizer on the ground. All you need to make a bag of fertilizer is just two sap, which you can easily get by cutting down the plethora of trees on your land. When you use fertilizer, the crops you get will be of a higher quality. You can tell if the crop is better if it has a silver or a gold star on it.
3. Watch your time and energy
Everything you do causes your energy bar to deplete. If you keep going until you overtax yourself, you’ll wake up the next morning with less energy. Also, if you stay up past 2am, you will immediately pass out, no matter where you are. The doctor will find you and take you home, but he will charge you, and you may wake up with less energy.
4. Explore the mines
One day you’ll get a letter in the mail from the Joja Corporation that says they’ve cleared out the rockslide. This means the mines are open. You can now go exploring in the caves. While there are a ton of monsters you’ll have to fight, there are also a ton of resources like copper ore to collect.
5. Start the day by turning on the TV in your house
One of the main programs is the weather, which can be very useful. If it’s going to rain all day, that means I don’t have to water my crops, which makes it a perfect day to mine. Also, if I know it’s going to rain the next day, I will also make sure to upgrade my watering can the day before, because I have to leave the tool for a day while it’s being upgraded.
The TV also has a cooking show, which will teach you new recipes, and a show about living off the land, which will give you tips about what to forage for and where to fish for the best catch.
6. Skip the basic sprinklers
The basic sprinklers only water four tiles, which makes them next to useless. They are a huge waste of resources, so just save your ore and wait until you can build better sprinklers.
7. Dig where you see worms
If you are walking around and you see a group of worms wriggling out of the ground, dig it up! The worms are there to let you know that something is buried under there.
8. Save up 300 wood to repair the bridge
There’s a broken bridge on the beach that requires 300 wood to fix. It’s so worth it. It unlocks a new area which will have a decent number of things for you to collect and sell, such as coral and clams. The coral is worth a ton, so definitely build that bridge.
9. Complete the Community Center Bundles
These bundles unlock new things in the game, including new areas. Out of all of the bundles, definitely complete the boiler room bundles, because this will fix the minecart, which lets you fast travel from the bus stop to the mines or the town! This makes a huge difference and saves so much time!
10. Donate to the Museum
There are a lot of minerals and items that you will be able to donate to the museum. Do it. It’s super worth it. You’ll get lots of rewards for donating, some of which you can only get by donating.
I hope this helps you as you become hopelessly lost to the world playing this game! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be playing Stardew Valley until I can’t hold my eyes open anymore.