Following the Reap what you Sow update in Don’t Starve Together, farming has gotten very complicated, very quickly. Researching the plants you find in-game takes a while, and doing so while not actually starving can be quite the feat. So let’s see what farm set-ups work together with minimal planning and ensure we at the very least Not Starve.
To start, let’s focus purely on the Nutrients and their values, as that’s the main research topic which takes the longest time to finish in-game. There are 3 nutrient values to track: Growth Formula, Compost, and Manure. Each plant either takes some amount of that nutrient from the soil or deposits that type of nutrient into the soil for the surrounding plants to then use. Lucky for us, the exact numbers for each plant have been recorded on the DST Wiki, so it’s down to matching up the numbers to at least net zero. To make matters easier, certain plants have the same nutrient needs, so we’ll pair them up for ease of reference.
To start, there are two sets of plant pairs that have equal value wants. For these, as long as you plant an equal amount of each plant in the same tile, the net result will be plenty of nutrients for each plant. Plants like to be near plants of the same type, and doing so will help them to yield larger results in terms of seeds and veggies. A good rule of thumb is to have at least 4 of any one plant so that it registers as being near plants of the same family. Plants will look to about a single tile away for plants of the same type, so you have a little room to work with.
However, some plants have higher nutrient demands than others. In that case, uneven planting will actually allow for a more useful distribution of nutrients. For this set-up, you’ll need to plant one of each plant per two of the other, as shown in this picture. Of course, if you want to have the family stress satisfied, you will then need to scale up for the size of your farm and the space you have.
If you want to go for variety, there are a couple 3 plant set-ups that work for each other, but this is around when it gets challenging to also satisfy the family need for each plant, as each individual time can only hold 10 plants before plants begin to feel overcrowded. These are the combinations I found for 3 plants.
And finally, for those who don’t fear overcrowding or loneliness and who want as many different plants as possible, there is an arrangement of plants that has at least 1 of every single growable farm veggie. Is it ideal? Absolutely not. But, technically, it nets a 0 on nutrients, perfectly balanced.
While just leaving your plants in these arrangements will tend to result in better yields, there are more things you can do. Watering each plot at least 4 times gets them to the max wetness, and tending or talking to plants also helps reduce their stress. You can tend to many plants at once using music like the Pan Flute or the One Man Band, or you can individually tend to each plant, but it does take longer. So get your hands dirty, and let us know how these set-ups work for you.