Wow, quite a week KI is presenting for us. After a day of Double Pet XP, we now have Double Garden Rewards from today (6/7/17) through Sunday!
If you plant Evil Magma Peas, Couch Potatoes, Boom Shrooms, Snapdragons or Tiger Lilies today and provide them with all the likes, you can collect double XP, gold, treasure cards, seeds, pet snacks, etc. before the event is over. [I’m sure there are other short-term items, but these are the ones I happen to grow..]
I’ve had gardens sitting at elder harvest for four of my wizards so I’ve already collected a round of double harvests– including feeding a bunch of Evil Magma Pea seeds to pets on an account on which attics and Seed Vaults are already bursting with them! And I’m planting some EMPs and Couch Potatoes to get a second round of pet snacks. And on one of my accounts I’ve harvested an abundance of blade TCs from Sword Ferns.
Make sure to take advantage of this great opportunity!
A couple of posts ago I wrote about starting a new wizard and running her through every single quest she could do for free to see what level she reached and then bought Cyclops Lane and did every quest to see if i could get her to level 12.
She hit level 9 and then some on the free stuff and, after a bunch of rounds of fighting the Harvest Lord to see if I could scootch her up to level 10, I finally bought Cyclops. My goal was to get her to level 12 so she could become the gardener and provider of mega snacks for the new account. At the end of Cyclops she was level 11.
So then I turned to a wizard on the third account who’d been sitting at level 5 (just finished Unicorn Way quests, side and main) for ages. I suspect I did some of the Halloween stuff with her too and got some XP for the Jack Hallow quests level fives can do. She hit level 10 (just) at the end of all the Triton stuff. I then took her through every quest in Firecat Alley to see if the extra dungeon there might get her to level 12 but no dice.
No matter which zone I purchased first, I couldn’t get a wizard up to gardening without purchasing both Cyclops and Firecat. You don’t get the quest for Crab Alley (which racks up some pretty good points and also costs) until level 12 and you don’t get the quest for Nightside until you’ve completed all three areas (Triton, Cyclops and Firecat) plus Foulgaze (Sapphyra’s Tower) and Lord Nightshade (Stormdrain Tower) and the only way to get big points in Nightside is to pay to do the Sunken City dungeon.
Colossus Boulevard is the other main side quest area and it too requires purchasing the zone. So, it’s 1500 Crowns to get Firecat and Cyclops and then if you want access to ALL of Wizard City that’s appropriate for lower level wizards it’s another 2250 Crowns to get Crab Alley, Sunken City, and Colossus. Grand total for all of it 3750 Crowns.
Final results of my trial: you can only get to level 9, maybe 10, if you don’t purchase any zones. You’ll be somewhere in level 11 if you just buy one area, either Firecat or Cyclops; you’ll be slightly farther into level 11 if you just purchase Firecat). If you want to be able to garden (the best way in my opinion for a free account to be swimming in gold from an early stage), you’ll have to come up with the 1500 Crowns and complete Firecat and Cyclops as well as Triton. And for both I had to do a few extra boss fights to tip over to 12.
When I started playing the game several years ago, I began with a free account. It didn’t take long to realize there were serious limits to playing for free and I became a member. By the time I got to my third account, which has always been a free/crowns account I had crowns to pass over, bought a couple of “gift” pets on the first account for the first wizard on the new one and then hatched with those, etc.
So I realized I’ve long since lost track of exactly how much you can accomplish in the game if you stick with only what you can do for free. I started a new wizard and worked her through everything you can do for free. That’s all of Unicorn Way, part of the Penny Dreadful quests, Golem Court, all of Triton Avenue, some Arena training, the Pet Pavilion quest and the beginning of fishing (which hadn’t been introduced when I started).
My aim was to see how close I could get to level 12 and gardening without paying. When I finished doing every free thing and then some reps of fighting Harvest Lord to earn a few xp, I was level nine. So I moved some Crowns and bought Cyclops Lane to see if that could get her up there. She was level 11 when I finished every single quest there.
Since Firecat Alley has one more dungeon than Cyclops, I started another wizard and plan to do every quest in Firecat Alley and see where she winds up. This one for some reason made it to level 10 after Triton and all the other free quests plus one extra round with Harvest Lord and one unnecessary mob battle. Not sure if I missed something with Darby or possibly this one (who’s been sitting around a LONG time at level five, not being played) earned some points from Jack Hallow quests in October.
I’ll report back when I’ve finished that experiment. Basically it appears they have it set up so you can’t get to gardening without buying at least two areas but it may prove to be the case that you can do it by just buying Firecat Alley. Some wizards do it by spending endless hours racking up 8 or 10 xp at a time fighting Harvest Lord* or some other boss in the free area. If you, like me, don’t have patience for that, it’s going to cost you 1500 crowns (750 each for Cyclops and Firecat) if you do Cyclops next after Triton.
Gardening is a great way to earn lots of gold and, if you can manage to get a couple of crown seeds like Evil Magma Peas or Couch Potatoes**, you can get the highest XP mega snacks in your elder harvests. Even on an account where I’m just starting and deleting wizards (sometimes after Wizard City, sometimes Krok) I like to have some good pets, to be able to buy a Red Barn Farm (you can buy it for gold and it’s a “like” for plants so everything reaches elder harvest a little faster if you’re gardening there), to buy furniture sets in the crown shop (also available for gold) and to get the best equipment for the level at the Bazaar. Gold from gardening–both the gold you get at harvests and the gold from selling housing drops, treasure cards, seeds and reagents you don’t need–adds up to being able to do all of those things.
Next time I’ll talk about some of the sneaky ways they spread around the requirements to move ahead in various endeavors to a variety of places– requiring you to keep buying another area and another to complete tasks.
*I pick him because he’s a little tougher than the others which means he also drops more stuff that sells for decent gold.
**In this latest case, I “gifted” a few Road Warrior Packs over when there was a sale and she managed to get a Sword Fern and a Silver Trumpet Vine — not the ones I hoped for, but enough to get a start. I then will occasionally buy one month of membership when there’s a Double Garden event so I can double the seeds.
I’ve been winding down some on gardening since I have pretty big stores of pet snacks and reagents and treasure cards so my main effort has become having gardens at elder harvest whenever Double Garden Reward events arise. So, I’ve had 12 wizards with gardens at elder harvest since the last Double Garden days in September.
In fact, due to buying and passing pricey treasure cards to lower level wizards on one of my other accounts, I finally had to harvest and replant so I could re-build gold supplies. Seems like a long time without a Double Pet or Garden reward event…
When it comes to crafting in the Spiral, there are a few places that wind up catching people without the right ingredients if they haven’t done research. I did a lot but when I got to Azteca it turned out I hadn’t done enough. Now I’ve found a nice chart that lets you know what you’re facing in terms of reagents for all the crafting quests.
The first place for me that created a problem was Marleybone, where it took me quite a while to farm both MB and the Bazaar for enough scrap iron. But the Dragonspyre crafting quests were the ones that pushed me into gardening. I did a bunch of research about reagents and figured out I could get them as drops from lots of plants.
Pink Dandelions and Evil Magma Peas between them drop copious numbers of the reagents you need not only for the crafting quests through Celestia but also for crafting a lot of the recipes you can buy along the way. I stopped questing for a while and just grew crop after crop. Now all my wizards have big supplies of reagents in their backpacks and the Shared Bank has a giant store as well and all the early crafting quests have been easy.
Even the Zafaria quest, which causes a lot of people trouble, went quickly for me. However, for a few reagents I had to pass every piece any wizard on the account had through the Shared Bank, so I’ve needed to grow more crops and do more farming at the Bazaar to make sure my other wizards will have an easy time when they get there.
I read a lot about Amber becoming important as you move into the higher levels so I grew various plants that drop it, finally landing on King Parsley as the easiest to grow in an array of plants that all drop it so rarely you have to repeat crops over and over to get much of a supply. I didn’t look ahead to get the numbers I’d require; wound up having plenty to craft Deer Knight but I can see I’ll need to get cracking on growing LOTS more crops of KPs to have enough Amber for all my wizards to craft stuff.
What I missed was any warning about Turquoise, Agave Leaves and Agave Nectar, all of which come into play for the Axteca crafting quest. Turquoise is a pretty infrequent drop, available in a couple of packs and, if you keep refreshing the reagent tab, available in small numbers at the Bazaar.
Agave Leaves are supposedly available to pick up in a few areas of Azteca. In spite of farming quite a bit, I never even saw one till the Floating Mountains; with two wizards questing through the area at once (two accounts), I got one for one wizard. Both the leaves and the nectar are available in small occasional numbers at the Bazaar. Some Ultra plants drop it but since Ultra plants are hard to come by, not a great way to collect a bunch. A bunch of bosses drop it but, again, two wizards who’ve both fought most of the main story bosses in Azteca and one of them has received one. You can also buy one of the Leaves for 400 arena tickets but since I don’t play PvP I have tiny amounts of tickets.
Nectar is possible to get when you find the Agave Leaves (much like Stone Blocks can give you Sandstone or Black Lotus can give you Black Pearls), so if you have better luck with finding the Leaves than I did, you can probably get enough of the Nectar. You can also transmute the Leaves into Nectar.
If I’d realized the quest was coming, I’d have started having all my wizards pick up the Leaves and the Nectar every time they hit the Bazaar from an early stage. If you want to have plenty of these reagents for the quest when you get there, I advise starting to pick all three–turquoise,agave leaves, agave nectar–up whenever you see any at the Bazaar from the earliest level you can (for me it’s around level 14 or 15 when I’ve managed enough garden crops to have that much gold).
The finisher for me with the Azteca crafting project is the Potent Trap TC requirement. Although it’s a possible drop from Ultra Alligator Pear Tree, it’s basically only available as a drop from Bosses. One of my two wizards got two on the way through Azteca, the other zero. And you can’t trade it or buy it at the Bazaar or from a vendor.
I assume it’s another deal where you wind up having to pick one of the Bosses who drop it and fight 50 times to get one. I’m digging in my heels and saying no to that, so I won’t be completing that quest for the one who didn’t get any.
For all the rest of the quests, though, if you start gardening early and spend some time farming at the Bazaar, you can arrive at each crafting quest with the ingredients already in your stock. Click the link to the chart I mentioned at the beginning so you can see all the numbers you’re going to need and start your plan early.
I’ve written about Sword Ferns before but I haven’t given them the full post I usually offer to explain individual plants.
When I first started growing Sword Ferns, KI hadn’t started offering Double Garden Rewards. I bought a few seeds because I wanted Hambrosia pet snacks. The seeds are quite expensive (1500 crowns each), so I figured the Hambrosia drop rate would be high. It’s not. I get maybe one out of 25 or 30 plants at elder harvest. So I didn’t consider them worth it.
They’re also available in some packs (never gotten one from a pack myself) and are dropped in some higher level worlds (Avalon and up) though I’ve never gotten more than one or two for either of the two wizards who are most of the way through Azteca.
When the Double Garden days started, I began planting Sword Ferns for double harvest and, over the course of a number of double elder harvests, I’ve managed to double the few I bought for the first two accounts enough times to have 50 or 60 on each. Even with all the likes they take about 8 days to get to elder harvest, so you have to plant them well before a double garden event and just leave the elder harvest uncollected until an event starts.
Now that I have a few wizards who’ve reached higher levels and none of them are going critical (see previous post), I’m using Treasure Card blades much more in order to beef up my hits. Sword Ferns drop TC blades at every harvest, both mature and elder, including drops of Balanceblades and Dragonblades, neither of which is available at TC vendors. Every school can use them to add damage.
I can find Balanceblades in very small numbers on RARE occasions at the Bazaar and Dragonblades are just about impossible (both are also available as spell cards through some pets and some gear) so I find it really helpful to get them dropped in decent numbers from the Sword Ferns.
Though some Sword-Fern-owning wizards complained when KI made other blades available through vendors, I like the convenience of getting them through drops and not having to keep heading to the vendors or dropping piles of gold (1,000 apiece) to get a bunch. They drop blades from every school, including the Spirit and Elemental ones, so I’m able to trade blades between accounts and keep every wizard supplied with blades appropriate to her school.
Care isn’t too bad. They only have two needs, water and pollination. They get level 3 pests for which I just use Dragonflies (keeps level 3 pests off for 48 hours). They also draw pixies with high frequency. It’s hard to count but I’d say out of 24 at least 19 or 20 of them draw pixies.
- Tropical Garden Gnome
- Red Barn Farm
- Botanical Gardens
- Grapes of Wrath
- Purple Grapes of Wrath
- Red Grapes of Wrath
- Honey Sickle
- Sword Tree
I find the Purple Grapes of Wrath the easiest to grow and you’ll only get “like” credit for one type, so I recommend growing one of those. They don’t like garden gnomes, so if you have a gnome for the Sword Ferns it will slow down the growth of the PGW so much you just have to grow one through several crops of Sword Ferns.
Honey Sickles hit elder harvest really fast. Usually I just leave it sitting at elder to be a “like” I don’t have to take care of, but if you want the drops, you’ll wind up planting at least two and sometimes three successively for each crop of the far-slower-growing Sword Ferns.
Sword Trees are easy to get at the Bazaar, as are the Tropical Garden Gnomes, and the trees are also dropped by Sword Ferns, so if you’re willing to wait you’ll probably pick one up.
Sword Ferns take a long time to get to “young” and “mature” so there’s often a long wait to have pixies show up on the plants. In order to nudge things along I usually cast a Summon Pixie on the Honey Sickle (it will be at young, when you can cast a Pixie, in about a day). Once the Purple Grapes of Wrath comes up I usually keep a summoned pixie on it too since it gets rank 4 pests. You could also just use Miniature Bloodbats on the whole patch — it will keep the level 3s off the Sword Ferns and level 4 off the PGW and save energy. But I’ve cut back on gardening so Sword Ferns are the only crop for most wizards right now and I don’t have to worry about energy.
The Wiki for some reason doesn’t list the drops for these and I’m not much of a record keeper, so this segment is based on experience and general impressions.
As mentioned above, lots of blades drop at every harvest.
They also drop snacks. At the mature harvests it’s a rank 5 or 6 or a Ninja Figgy Pudding (rank 7). At elder harvest it drops two snacks, rank 7-9. You mainly get the lower level ones, most of which can only be sold at the snack vendor — and don’t pay nearly as much as many lower level snacks do in the Bazaar. Occasionally you get a Hambrosia, which is 5o XP including 15 points for Intellect.
The wiki says they only drop housing items at elder harvest but I get housing items all the time at mature harvests. Lots of sword racks. There’s a Ninja sword rack that can’t be sold at auction (I feed them to pets) and another type of weapon rack of some sort that you can sell at the Bazaar. They also drop a variety of “fern” plants, from Primitive Fern to Celestian Fern and lots of the outdoor types.
Personally I still think for what you pay for those seeds you should get a Hambrosia at elder harvest every time. But now that you can double the seeds in Double Rewards events, I’d say it’s worth it to buy a couple of seeds for your account and just make sure you have some already at elder harvest before each Double Rewards event starts (i.e. plant some a few weeks after an event, let them get to elder harvest and just leave them sitting there until the next event) so you can slowly build a bigger supply by doubling your seeds at every event.
I finally decided to try putting “likes” for plants in the air above them instead of nearby. It’s just one of those fussy things people do that I haven’t had the patience or desire to do. But I’ve been rotating crops more than I used to and I’ve gotten a bit tired of moving the “like” items around…
To accomplish it I stacked three crates right up next to the garden and then three more crates right behind. I “stuck” a Large Watcher rug to a Tatami Mat (both available at Bazaar) and put the mat on top of the back stack of crates . You have to have two sets of crates and place on the back one as the rugs will not stay if you just have one crate or one stack and for some reason they need to have another crate or stack of crates in front. In the future I think I’m going to see if I can get four crates up, to leave the stuff a little higher.
I kind of dig it* so far but, for the moment, I’m having a funny side effect. I’ve been leaving the rugs in place up there while I think through the plants that fit in the size of plots in each patch; I don’t want to take the rugs away until I get every like I might need up there.
With the rugs there, I run into the glitch that sends your character up to the top layer if you move into a layered patch. Those patches have been planted and for some reason the plants ready for harvest don’t get picked up up there. Man has it been a challenge to harvest all the plants. I’m constantly hopping up and down off the rug and having to squeeze as close to the patch as I can on every side and every corner… If I squeeze too close, up I go again…
When you have all the likes you want on the rug you can move away the crate the rugs are stuck on and then the other crates and the likes will stay up there floating; once the rug is gone, the leaping to the top phenomenon goes away. And BTW, while the rug is there, if you’re looking up from the ground you can see the likes but not the rug — don’t know why… But in the picture of the crates up there, the rug is actually in place even though you can’t see it and then you can see it under her when she hops to the top.
The views up there are quite fun!
*For those of you under something like 55 or 60, “dig it” dates me as an old hippie!
September 17, 2016 Well, today is the final day of my month of membership on the third account. For events in the spiral, if they say it ends on September 17th, you have until the end of the day to do whatever it is [in fact they usually don’t actually turn events off until the next morning]. But it’s 6 p.m. and I just logged in so Alura N. could do the final dungeons of Celestia and my membership is already gone.
That’s better than it’s been on some other occasions when, for instance, my membership disappeared by 8 p.m. on the day BEFORE my expiration day. I don’t practice law any more because I loathe it but for someone who likes to fight, if this occurs at the ends of most people’s memberships — losing your membership somewhere from hours to a day or more before it’s supposed to end — I’d say there’s a nice class action suit there. Just sayin’. Personally not interested. But I’m surprised KI isn’t more careful about this programming.
Meanwhile I decided to see what’s going on with Pink Dandelions. I’ve mentioned several times lately that for the last couple of Double Garden events I suddenly couldn’t get PDs to elder harvest in the time of the event. The first couple of times it happened I then planted some PDs again and the time seemed to shorten if there was no double event. This time, I planted PDs for several wizards within about a half hour period last Saturday evening–a day after the most recent event ended.
PDs are now just taking several days longer to reach elder harvest than previously with all likes on them. But these kind-of varied even though all had all the same likes and were planted so close in time. A couple of patches finished yesterday (6 days) and most of the rest finished today (7 days). With the odd quirk shown in the photo above: even though all Savannah’s PDs were cared for with medium area spells covering the whole patch and all were reading all six likes (Red Barn Farm, pixie, blue ball of yarn, potted cattail, garden gnome, snapdragon), one PD is not at elder harvest…
I have no idea why PDs have been reprogrammed to take days longer than they used to, but this is at least the third round of them to take 6-7 days instead of 4-5. So if you want a double elder harvest of PDs you need to plant them well before another event; since they hold them randomly, I’m getting stuff planted and through to elder harvest for a couple of wizards at time over the next few weeks. Then I’ll wait to collect the elder harvests the next time there’s a Double Rewards occasion.
Now I’ve got a few free hours I won’t be spending on finishing Celestia; I’m thinking I’ll just take a pass on the game since I’m a little ticked at losing my membership early again and do something more productive instead 🙂
Well, the annual Wizard101 birthday event wrapped up early this morning. As usual, I enjoyed it but wasn’t able to enjoy as many things as I hoped. Gardening was my main goal, then collecting sonic springs for crafting, and finally a bit of pet training.
The best way to major success on getting double rewards is to grow whatever crops you want to double well before there’s an event and leave them sitting at elder harvest until you get the news another Double Rewards event is happening. That way it doesn’t matter how long the seeds take to complete their cycle, everything is already waiting to give you double seeds, double snacks, double reagents, etc.
Of course you miss all those double mature harvests, but since most of the plants with highly desirable crops take so long to reach elder harvest that you can’t get from seed to final harvest in one Double Rewards event, it’s the only way to guarantee a double elder harvest. So I succeeded pretty well from the outset, because multiple gardeners on each account had plants ready to harvest the day it started.
There are more details about my success and lack thereof in the last post. The final results continued to be slightly odd. Most of the Pink Dandelions finally made it to elder harvest just within the deadline, which meant they took slightly more than seven days from seed to final harvest. The odd one was a patch for the one lower level gardener who doesn’t have a Red Barn Farm. Minus that one like, the PDs usually take about one day longer. Hers are only about halfway there after eight days, even with every other like.
The two batches of Sword Ferns I planted gave me about four mature harvests each, meaning I got lots of extra TC blades. Looks like Elder Harvest will be in the next day or two, so those went as expected. Some King Parsley crops went on wildly different schedules even though all planted around the same time and with all the same likes.
All in all I’m pleased with the results, mainly because of the crops I had waiting at elder harvest at the beginning.
KI introduced a bunch of crafting recipes for great housing items earlier this year. I bought lots of recipes with much excitement. Then I realized every recipe calls for a Sonic Spring. It’s another head-scratcher for me. I’d have thought they’d want to have people crafting the new stuff in great numbers so these fun pieces could start decorating the spiral.
Instead they’ve restricted the ability to craft them by requiring the Sonic Spring ingredient. It’s only dropped by bosses in the Five B.O.X.E.S. So you have no hope of getting any most of the year; only possible when there’s a Five B.O.X.E.S. event — maybe five or six times a year [they seem to do it a bit more often now than they did when I first started playing but I’ve never kept track]. They DID put up the boxes last year around Christmas and left them for about a month so best shot at getting more Sonic Springs may be then – if you can stand having to do the instances a few hundred times…
Even more puzzling is that they apparently didn’t raise the drop rate when they decided to add all these recipes with the SS required. Between three wizards I’d say I completed the Wizard City box at least 40 times this week and got maybe 4 Sonic Springs at most, possibly only 3 (I forgot to check how many a couple of the wizards already had when I started).
I have way more recipes than I have Sonic Springs with which to make them. I figure it might be a couple of years before I can manage to get enough to craft all the items I’d like (including some multiples). My willingness to repeat the same instance over and over for one item is limited so my patience with the WC box was past the breaking point by the time I decided it wasn’t worth it to keep trying…
I’ve mentioned many times that I don’t care for pet training. If I could choose which of the potential talents my pets get I’d be more willing, but the crap shoot they’ve created has left me disappointed and unwilling to spend much more time at it. For most of my wizards at this point I have “good enough” pets so I rarely bother with pet training unless I can get Double Rewards and I don’t do much then.
My two Storm wizards still don’t have pets that are quite what I’d like, nor does my Fire wizard. I chose to do a bit of training for the two Storm girls. Then I had a pet from the Evergreen Bundle sitting around untrained and another from the Olympian Bundle, so I did some training on those. The Spirit of the Forest pet did get “Gardening Pixie” (may cast a gardening pixie) but I haven’t remembered to equip it when I’m gardening, so don’t know if it will be helpful in the garden but the other talents so far are not anything I need; unless I make it part of my “energy set” I doubt I’ll use it.
Over all the training has been pretty much as usual. A waste of time.
The gardening took up so much time I really didn’t get to do very much of the other stuff. With the backpack and TC limits, the double harvests of these events involve a lot of stopping to go sell stuff, move stuff around in attics, vaults and the Shared Bank, etc. so gardening becomes even more time consuming than usual. I kind of fit in a few rounds of the WC Box after gardening as I had time and I never got a single wizard to any of the Lost Pages quests.
I look forward to this event every year and overall I’d say I enjoyed it. I’m always pleased to speed up some of my gardening goals and I did get a few Sonic Springs so a few more furniture items will be appearing. I’m not too sorry to have missed out on the Lost Pages stuff as I’ve always found it’s a little harder and more time consuming than the rewards (both in drops and low XP for the quests) warrant. Next up will be the Halloween fun which for me maybe ties with the birthday celebration as the most fun event. Now I have a week left on the month of membership for my third account and it’s time to move Alura further through Celestia.
I’m not the most systematic person so I haven’t recorded dates of planting and harvesting for my crops. At one time I did note that if I planted Evil Magma Peas, Pink Dandelions or Couch Potatoes on the first day of a 4-day Double Garden Rewards event I could collect a double elder harvest at the end of the event.
The last couple of events it has not been true of Pink Dandelions. So this time I decided to plant PDs for several wizards and see what happened. I also decided to plant a few things I knew would not reach elder harvest and see if I could collect a few double mature harvests.
So last Friday (9/2/16) I made a point of planting everything I wanted to work on this time for quite a few wizards spread across the three accounts. I’d already collected double elder harvests for most gardening wizards because I’d planted crops and left them sitting at elder harvest, waiting for double rewards. So the second round was just to see how things went with some plants and, for a few, hoping to get an elder harvest.
Since PDs used to mature to elder harvest in four days (and seem to go back to a shorter time when these events are over–the next experiment will be checking that out), I figured with seven days for this event I’d SURELY be able to get some elder harvests and make up for the deprivations crafting Seed Vaults has made on my PD seed supply. They’re all growing on Red Barn Farms and with all the other likes. As of late Thursday night (9/8/16), not one group of them had reached elder harvest and by the looks of the progress bars, it’s uncertain they’ll get to elder harvest by the time the event ends.
I also had one wizard on each account grow a batch of King Parsley. Again, all three were on Red Barn Farms and with all the other likes and all plants were picking up all likes. KPs have usually taken me at least a week and, I’d have said, usually a little more, so I didn’t expect to get to elder harvest. For two of the three they seem to be on about the schedule I assumed, but for one of them, they reached elder harvest on Wednesday — five days! — except one plant which is on the same schedule as the KPs on the other two accounts.
Two wizards planted a large batch of Silver Trumpet Vines. Again, they’ve generally taken at least a week — my general impression would have been 7-8 days– so I didn’t expect to reach elder harvest. Both batches got there by Wednesday.
I planted several batches of Evil Magma Peas and they reached elder harvest by late Monday/ early Tuesday, so pretty much on the timeline I expect. I also started a couple of large patches of Sword Ferns. At a guess I’d say they normally take 8-10 days so I just hoped for a couple of double mature harvests (i.e. lots of TC blades!). They’re moving about as slowly as usual, so there have been two mature harvests and it looks like I may get a third, possibly a fourth.
In the meantime I’m scratching my head over the strange results. Some plants moving faster than normal. Some moving slower than normal. Some of them, planted within an hour of one another and with all the same likes, taking different amounts of time from one another. So are the timers going wonky because too many people are gardening for the event? Is KI changing timers for the event? Next phase, I’ll be planting some patches of these same plants all on the same day with the same likes and noting how long they all take to reach elder harvest when there is no double rewards event going on.