Farming in beYou is a profession. That means that there can be rewards for progressing through the farming levels. It is not required that you enable the Farming profession, however, doing so will eventually provide better farming results. When you farm you first use a soil plot to plant one or more seeds. Depending on the current season, your plant will begin to grow with a specific time for each growing stage. If your plant is in season it will take much less time to harvest. Each plant has 5 stages. At the end of the 5 stages your plant will be ready to harvest. This can be sped up with fertilizer. Once you harvest the plant, the assets will be added to your beYou account. With these harvests you can sell them to others, eat the food for beYou game stats, or you can use it in your kitchen to cook recipes.
beYou Crops follow the normal seasonal changes as crops do in normal life. When the seasons change during the year, so will the crops in beYou. This means that when the Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter seasonal changes hit the crops in beYou farming will be affected. What will change are the grow times for the crops that are "In Season". When a crop becomes in season its grow times will drop by half. All other crops will take twice as long to reach harvest. We are always adding more crops so for a complete list of crops by season please visit the beYou farming center. All crops are organized by season so it is easy to pick the ones that are currently in season.
You will need a soil (currently there are 4 plot and single plot soils available), water and seeds. Water can be purchased from other beYou users or you can get your own water well and allow it to fill up. Once filled up the well can be harvested and the water will be added to your assets. Water has a maximum capacity of 2500. If you go over, the system will eventually drop you back down to 2500 and any surplus will be lost so make sure to keep track of your water assets and store them off appropriately. Any excess water can be stored inside a water tower. Water tower’s can be crafted or purchased from other beYou Crafters.
In order to get started planting you’ll need a soil (4 plot or a single plot), beYou Water & some seeds. All of these are available at the beYou sim in the Farming center. You start by rezzing out the soil, standing on it and clicking to bring up the menu. First you select the plot you want to plant in and the shovel will rez out. Click the shovel to start digging. Next the plow will automatically rez out. Click that also and let it complete. Finally the watering can will rez out. Click that to water the plot and once finished you can now plant your seed. You will need to attach the seed packet to your hand and click on it. Make sure you are still standing on the soil when you do this. Shortly after your plant should begin to grow.
Weeding happens automatically when you stand on the soil and there are weeds out. You do not need to do anything to start the process. If you have water assets, stand on the soil and click on it to bring up the menu. Select the water option and the watering can will rez out. Click on that and it will water the soil. All growing plants on the soil will be able to benefit from the water.
Once your plant has reached the harvest stage (after stage 5) it will wait to be harvested. It will no longer require water as in the previous 4 stages however we do recommend harvesting as soon as you have the chance. Your plants will not die from lack of water but you never know what kind of problems SL can bring and leaving it out unharvested for too long may result in you losing the harvest! Green hover text will show up on top of the plant indicating its ready for harvest. From here you just need to stand on the soil and click on the plant. That is it! After your harvest will be generated and added to your assets. Depending on your Farming level you will get different amounts from the harvest.
In order to harvest water you will only need a water well. There are currently 3 different kinds of wells that will harvest water. You rez the well out, allow it to fill up and then add the water assets to your account using the menus.
You can obtain your own water through a water well, or you can use the local markets to purchase water from other beYou users.
Storing water means adding it to your beYou game assets. This is done automatically for you when you harvest. Additionally you can use the water bucket prims to store water to your assets. The water buckets are what is sent to you when you deliver your water assets using one of the crafting packagers (more on this in the crafting section). Your game assets have a max of 2500 for water. Anything over this you will have to store inside of a water tower. The water towers can be crafted or purchased from other beYou users.
Fertilizer comes in bags. You rez the bag of fertilizer out close by the plant you want to fertilize. First you click on the bag and it will start a 15 second count down. This gives you 15 seconds to click on the plant that you want to fertilize. Once fertilized the plant time will adjust based on the percent of fertilizer you have. 100% means a full stage up. 75%, 50%, 25% and 5% will drop the stage time down by that percent. If the plant has 10 hours to stage up a 50% bag will drop that down to 5 hours.
First make sure you are using the right kind of fertilizer. There are two kinds: Holiday Tree Fertilizer and plain Fertilizer. The holiday tree fertilizer only works for chopping trees, holiday trees and fruit trees. If you try to use it on a crop or flower it will not successfully fertilize your plant. Additionally if you use the regular fertilizer on the trees it will also not work.
Make sure the fertilizer is close enough to your plant or tree and that you are also standing close enough. If you stand too far away clicking on the plant or the bag may not do anything. If you wait beyond the 15 seconds before clicking on the plant or tree the time will expire on the bag and you will have to start over again.
You can get fertilizer several ways. The first way (and the way we recommend you obtain fertilizer) is through composting your expired items. Assets that expire will stay expired for 2 full weeks before they spoil and disappear forever. This means you have a 2 week window to use those expired assets and convert them to plant fertilizer. You can use a compost bin or green house to convert expired items to fertilizer. Depending on how many expired assets you have, you will get a different percentage of fertilizer. 1 expired item yields 5% bags. 5 expired items yields 25% bags, 10 yields 50%, 15 yields 75% and 20 will yield 100% bags.
You can also click on the plants directly while they are growing to obtain fertilizer. This is not ideal and also it is not recommended because each plant will only yield a 5% bag. This is a waste of your seeds and should only be used as a means to compensate for plants that you just can't commit to raising to harvest.
Be sure to check your profile page regularly and view all expired assets! You will lose out if you do not check up regularly. Also, please make sure you have expiration notifications enabled on your profile. Edit Account --> Preferences --> Notifications will allow you to enable a notification on your profile page when you have items that are about to expire within the next 3 days. This will help you manage these expired assets before they actually expire.
The short answer is yes, however its not all that different. Its only different in a few ways. When you grow crops you stand on a soil plot and plant a seed, water the plant and eventually you get a crop that is ready for harvest. All that is still the same with the trees, however there are a few differences. The first difference is that on the final stage of growing (the harvest stage) the soil will disappear. This is expected because each tree requires its own soil and that soil only grows one tree. The second difference is that when you harvest the tree, you will pick the fruit (or vegetables) from the tree and place it into a basket. This will look different from harvesting a crop. The last noticeable difference in the trees is the yield from harvesting. When harvesting crops the yield depends on your level. For crops, Level 1 farmers get between (1-3) harvests, Level 2 (2-4), Level 3 (3-5), Level 4 (4-6) and so on... With the trees your yield will not depend on your farming level. It will be consistent for anyone (this may change in the future) and it will always be between (3-9) upon harvesting.
Weeding isn't necessary on the "Holiday Trees". You may see weeds appear on the soil, however you are not required to de-weed and you will not automatically start weeding as you do on the regular plotting soil. Watering is exactly the same as watering the crops. For all other trees the weeding is the same as on the crops it will automatically start weeding as soon as you stand on the soil.
Plants rarely "disappear" into thin air. Even in SL its not very common that something you have rezzed out just goes away, although we know this does happen. Most of the time when it appears as though your plant has poofed, its actually stuck inside of the soil. As of the latest changes the beYou 4 Plot soil will warn you when this happens. You can right click and check for yourself, typically the plant(s) will be clearly visible in the contents of the soil. Why does this happen? We can only assume that the sim is just having issues with rezzing out items. We know this to be the case and as a result of this observation your soil will now display yellow hover text letting you know that this has happened.
When you see this yellow hover text "Oops, it looks like a plant has failed to rez..." hover text, you will have the options to fix this right away. We initially wanted to provide a re-rez option but if the sim couldn't rez it the first time, chances are its going to fail the 2nd and 3rd and 4th time too. The owner of the soil can click on the soil (while not standing on it) and bring up the owner menu. On the owner menu there is option #7 which will send you the seeds for any stuck plants. These will immediately be added to your assets and the plots that those were on can be planted on right away. Although this is an annoying problem, this is the best way for us to handle it mostly because its an issue with the sim and we cannot control those kinds of problems.
Yes, you may get kicked off the soil plots with a message that says "The beYou Hud is required while using this." even if you are wearing the Hud. This happens due to a sim problem that must be addressed with a restart of the sim you are on. Some sims are just more overloaded than others. If you are on a role play community sim chances are that is an overloaded sim. When a sim becomes overloaded the messaging systems slow down. This affects chat and it also affects scripts that send messages. When it takes longer than 4 seconds to communicate between prims you will get this message even if you are wearing the Hud. The only option is to restart the sim you are on. If it continues to happen regularly you will need to consider relocating sims if you want to use beYou items that require the Hud. Chances are this is also causing problems in other areas too.
This doesn't happen too often but it does happen occasionally. When this does happen the CSR's can see that it has happened and correct it for you. This most likely happens in rare occasions where the action you performed failed to report back to the beYou server. We can research your situation and verify the problem and quickly get your achievements up to date.
You can use the owner menu on your soil (only comes up when you click on the soil and you are not standing on it) to change the options. Option 1 and 3 on the owner menu deals with access. Option 1 will toggle between allowing anyone to harvest crops and only you (the owner) to harvest crops. Option 3 will toggle between letting others stand on your soil and only you to stand on it.
On the owner menu, option 4 is for when you move the soil manually and there are plants growing on it. This will move the plants to the new location. Only use that option if you manually want to relocate your soil "in place". If you pick up the soil your plants will be lost so don't try to move them by picking them up into inventory! When a new soil version is released you can use option 6 to get a new version. As mentioned earlier option 7 will only appear if you have any stuck plants.
This is to protect your assets. When a tree rezzes out it can only be harvested by the owner because people were losing assets when others were jumping on the trees before they had a chance to harvest them. This may change in the future but as of right now the soil option to change the harvest access does not work for the trees. This is because you do not harvest on the soil like you do with the regular plant soil. You harvest on the trees and those rez out after the soil disappears. We may be able to update the trees to inherit the properties of the soil they get planted in.