What is gardening? https://www.uoguide.com/Gardening
"Gardening is a non-Skill based activity that any character can try. It allows you to grow many different types of decorative Plants, some of which even produce valuable resources." Stolen from uoguide.com
You can start with a bowl, some dirt, water, and a seed.
Bowl - Provisioner
Fertile Dirt - Earth Elementals - or - purchased from NPC Mystics in Ter Mur
Water - Provisioner
Seed - Boglings
BUT, I would highly recommend having a Raised Garden Bed. Why? Because without it, you need water, and potions, and OMG WHY?!?!
Raised Garden Beds are available from the UOStore for 375 sovereigns for a set of 3.
See here if you want to go the old school route
The BasicsThe very basic of gardening is you plant a seed, you get more seeds (most of the time), maybe a resource, and a plant. But there is so much more to it. Seeds! Resources! DYES?!? Cross-pollination! Peculiar Plants! SO many colors! Quests!
So, lets get some seeds!
The initial starting seeds are dropped by:
At this point, it is unknown what type of seed you have. You can plant it and wing it, or use Poppies Dust or a Seed Box.
You can get the seed box from the Magical Stone Exchange for 250 Soverigns.
Once planted, it takes 9 days for the plant to be ready to harvest.
If the plant produces seeds or resources, you will start getting 1 a day for the next 8 days. 17 days from the day you plant the seed until the last seed/resource is given.
Beyond The BasicsOk, you got a seed, you planted it, you got more of the same seeds, now what?
On day 7 of the plant life cycle, you can choose to cross-pollinate your plants.
Doing so is how you will get different types of plants. The following is from uoguide.com
The seeds you start with are going to be one of 3 types:
- Campion Flowers
- Tribarrel Cacti
Cross-pollination is also how you get different colors of plants.
You take your Red/Blue/Yellow starter seeds and cross them together for Purple/Orange/Green.
So Blue/Red = Purple, etc.
On top of that, colors can be Bright. Cross-pollinate the same colors will result in the bright version.
ResourcesGrowing plants doesn't just give you a plant!
You can gain seeds and additional resources.
You even have a small chance, when harvesting seeds, to get a Seed of Renewal
Mutant, Peculiar, and Other SeedsThere are plants out there that don't give you seeds. And you can't cross-pollinate to get them.
They are drops on monsters or rewards for a quest.
Mutant Plants are most often obtained by completing the Naturalist Quest.
The Naturalist quest will net you 1 mutant seed in either a rare pink, magenta, or aqua color.
If you go above and beyond, and find the secret colony, you will get a white, black, or fire seed.
Once grown, you can have a rare colored plant, or cut them up to make plant clippings for natural dye.
Peculiar Plants are grown with seeds dropped by monsters. See the list for which monsters.
Fragrant Seeds are used to grow coca trees. These trees will give you seeds and coca pulp.
Bonsai Seeds will grow little bonsai trees
Natural DyesOnce you have your awesome plants in cool colors, why not make some dyes?
Sword looking dull? Quiver of infinity looking…stock?
Be the envy on Sosaria with new duds!
Things you can dye:
- Armor (leather and metal)
- Clothing and all items normally dyable with regular dye tub
- Bags, chests, boxes and crates
- Spellbooks (including other non-mage spellbooks) & Runebooks
- Artifacts and magical items dyable with Tokuno dyes
You need a couple of things to make Natural Dyes, in addition to either Cooking or Alchemy skills of at least 75.
The first is the pigment
You will need:
Clippers - Made by tinkers
A plant to clip
an empty bottle
and your appropriate crafting tool
Single click the clippers and select plants
Double click the clippers and select the plant you want to make into clippings. This destroys the plant.
But now you have clippings!
Next you need Color Fixative, again needing at least 75 skill in either Cooking or Alchemy.
You will also need:
A bottle of Wine
Silver Serpent Venom
Once you make your color fixative and have your pigment, now make your Natural Dye with the appropriate tool for your skill.
But wait, there's more!
You can mix the pigments and get even more colors! (do this before you create the dye, while still in pigment form)
See Here for a preview of colors