The proper way to start a Viking’s day is with a well-balanced breakfast.
As you progress through Valheim, you’re going to need to expand your diet. The berries, raw mushrooms, and charred meats of your paleolithic age might have sufficed for taking on Eikthyr in the meadows. But now that you’re looking at longer journeys and bigger bosses, you’re going to need more stamina and improved health. That means it’s time to start working on getting vegetables and carbohydrates in your diet and learning how to plant crops in Valheim.
To begin your agrarian adventures, you’re going to need three things: plants or seeds, the cultivator tool, and a hoe.
Craft a hoe
- 5 x Wood
- 2 x Stone
With a hoe tool, you can flatten an area you would like to farm in. With the device equipped, right-click and select flatten the ground. The circle indicator on the ground will show you the area that will get smoothed out once you left-click.
Keep in mind that the hoe can only flatten ground to a certain extent. If you try and flatten over a large mound or raise a deep divot, the ground may not flatten properly. You might need to hit the bump with a pickaxe and smooth over it again in these cases.
In small pits, use the hoe’s raise ground feature, and smooth it over when the dip is closer to level.
While it is not essential to flatten the earth you’ll be farming; it is hugely advantageous for harvest and replanting.
Craft a cultivator
- 5 x Bronze
- 5 x Core Wood
You’ll learn how to craft the cultivator when you pick up or craft a bronze bar at your forge. Depending on your farming operation’s size, you might want to upgrade your cultivator at the forge for an extra three bronze and core wood.
While you have the cultivator in hand, you can right-click to bring up its options, which are tilling, replanting grass, and planting various seeds and seed plants.
Tilling soil in Valheim
Using the cultivator’s tilling option will display a patch of ground in a circle where you have placed the mouse. Left-clicking will remove grass and change the ground into tilled land where you can plant seeds or replant vegetables.
Planting seeds in Valheim
You can find carrot seeds in the black forests and turnip seeds in the swamp biome. Once you have some seeds, you can select the plant carrot or turnip option with the cultivator equipped.
You will see the seedling in blue in areas where you can plant and red in places you can’t. Ensure you till the ground, clear it of debris, remove steep slopes.
While you can place the plants directly beside one another, you must leave a half foundation space between plants if you want them to grow evenly. If a plant is too close to another, its growth will stall, and your crop production will become staggered.
Both carrots and turnips will take a little over two in-game days to grow. Longer if you plant crops too close to one another.
Seeding carrots and turnips in Valheim
If you’ve only looted a few wild seeds, you can use the cultivator to replant a harvested vegetable as a seed plant. With either carrots or turnips in your inventory, right-click and select the seed plant.
Much the same as planting seeds, you can now left-click to replant the vegetable. After two in-game days, you can come back to harvest the plants for three seeds apiece.
You can use this process to increase your seed stock massively. The same rules as seed planting apply. Leave a little room between plants for efficient growth.
Planting flax and barley in Valheim
Flax and barley have a different life cycle to vegetables and a few extra rules to follow. To begin with, you will have to acquire both from fuling villages in the Plains biome.
You can find flax growing in patches around the villages. However, you can only loot barley from fulings corpses and the containers inside the village’s fenceline.
You can only grow flax and barley in the Plains biome. While you can plant it in the Meadows, the plant will instantly die.
Unlike vegetables, you don’t need seeds to plant either crop. With either flax or barley in your inventory, you can choose to replant the crop with a cultivator tool. A replanted barley or flax plant will yield two more plants when harvested.
Both flax and barley will take a little over two in-game days to develop. Much like the vegetables, you’ll need to leave a small amount of room between each plant or risk staggering their growth.
Harvesting in Valheim
To harvest complete crops, you can simply press E on the plant to pull it out of the ground. If you have inventory space, you will immediately draw the yield into your storage.
It’s unnecessary to click each plant as you can hold E and mouse over each plant or walk around constantly pulling up any planted crops.
You can harvest taller crops like flax and barley by swinging weapons through them. The most efficient weapon to this end is to use the atgeir’s alternative fire; a whirlwind swing.
Crop rotation in Valheim
It’s essential to keep an eye on your seed levels, as without proper monitoring, you might find yourself with no seeds or very few. Any time this happens, you will need to run several seed-plant crops, which means a minimum of several hours without any plant food output.
We recommend an alternating cycle of plants and plant seeds to ensure you stay on top of your seed levels.
This process is much more straightforward with barley and flax, as you can simply replant until you’re happy with the amount of crop planted. Harvest and use half, then replant the rest for consistent crop output.
Greater health, greater wealth
With a steady supply of vegetables, bread, wraps, and mead, you’ll find your Vikings substantially more capable than they were in the early game. Not only will these refined foods give you better stats, but they will also give you those stats for much longer.
So get you there, and build a massive farm for you or your clan.