To start Farming (Members Only skill) you will need to find a Farming patch. There are different types of patches around the world where you can grow different things. Their locations and details are explained later in this guide. When you arrive at a patch for the first time it will be overgrown with weeds. You will need to clear these weeds with a rake. You'll then want to treat the soil with compost (bought from the farmer, a farming shop, or you can make your own). In most cases, you'll then use a seed on the farming patch, while having a seed dibber in your inventory, to plant it. Use a watering can on the new plant so it will start growing (not needed if you pay a nearby farmer to take care of your plants). Take care to note that your plants can get diseased and die if left alone.
If your plant gets diseased you will have to use a plant cure potion on the plant ( can also protect your crops). This can be bought from any farmer that lingers close to most farming patches for 25 coins. You can tell those farmers apart from the attackable ones by their unique names. You can also buy these Plant Cure Potions at, but for 40 coins. If you don't use the Plant Cure Potion on your plant in time it will die and you'll have to clear out your patch with a spade in your inventory.
When you are harvesting some patches you will need a spade as well. You can treat patches with compost to avoid disease and increase harvest yield when you pick the grown plant. The below is suggested; note that you can put several of these on your Toolbelt to avoid the need to bring them along.
- 1 Rake
- 1 Seed dibber
- 1 Spade
- 1 or 2 Watering cans or the Magic watering can from the Fairy Tale Part III quest which does not require refilling
- Seeds for allotment, hops, herbs, bushes and flowers
- Enchanted broomstick from the Swept Away quest
- Charged Amulet of glory
- Charged Skills necklace
- Charged Combat bracelet
- Teleport runes or tablets
- Buckets (for compost)
- Sacks (used to store up to 10 vegetables like potatoes, onions or cabbages)
- Baskets (used to store up to 5 tomatoes or fruits like apples, strawberries, etc...)
- Hatchet (optional: for chopping down trees and fruit trees to clear patch for replanting)
- Light-weight clothing such as Boots of lightness, Spottier or Spotted cape, Agile legs and Agile top, and/or Penance gloves, if available to you. This is also optional, and unnecessary for those with a high agility level.
The locations of each type of patch, a minimap, what you can plant, how long they will take and how much XP you receive are shown below. Take full advantage of alternative traveling methods described in the Getting Around guide. This RuneScape farming map might also be useful.
Farming tools, shops and storage
Before you can start Farming you will need to get some farming tools. These can all be bought in the Farming Shops located close to all allotment patches. They are relatively inexpensive at around a few gp each. Some of them can also be found at various respawning points, such as the shed in Lumbridge swamps. Here is a list of all the farming tools:
Farming shops are where you can purchase the necessary tools such as sacks, compost, pots and all farming tools. Their locations are detailed below. All farming shops are shown as a plant pot on the Runescape map.
|North of Catherby||North-west of Port Phasmatys|
|North of Ardougne||South-east of Falador|
The Leprechaun's Tool Shed
At each farming patch, you can find a leprechaun wandering nearby. This leprechaun will offer to hold your tools, buckets, and compost in his magical tool shed. He will also note any farming produce from allotments, as well as flowers, herbs, and fruit from trees, even if you can't yet grow the items at your farming level. This includes anything that you can farm (except logs), even if you did not harvest the items yourself. However, the "Falador farm" leprechaun will not note cabbage.
When you talk to the leprechaun, his tool shed storage screen will come up, and your inventory will change (see picture below). It shows which items you can store from your inventory (noted items included), and how many of each item are in the tool shed at the moment. It will only hold 1 of each item, except for scarecrows, buckets, plant cures, compost and supercompost. It will hold 5 scarecrows, 255 empty buckets, 255 plant cures, and 255 of both compost and supercompost varieties. If you have magic secateurs, you can store either them or normal secateurs, but not both, and likewise with the Watering Can and Magic Watering Can. The leprechaun found in the Herblore Habitat will also store Juju hunter, farming, and scentless potions, as well as the three god potions, and 30 of each of the respective vines for each potion.
You can collect seeds by thieving from Master Farmers or from the Seed stalls. The Seed stalls do not yield herb seeds, while the Master Farmers do. Some monsters drop seeds. You can purchase seeds from other players. You can also buy various seed packets with reward points from the Pest Control minigame. Additionally, picking cabbage will give you occasional cabbage seeds, picking potatoes will give you potato seeds, etc.