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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Farming guide — How to buy seeds and grow crops

Acnh Farming
Acnh Farming (Image credit: iMore)

We've already known how to plant and maintain pumpkin patches for a while now. But with the Animal Crossing 2.0 update, we can now plant far more seeds and starts for a variety of crops. Animal Crossing: New Horizons really is one of the best Switch games out there, huh?

But how do you unlock this new ability exactly? Where do you get seeds? And what's the best way to grow your crops? Let's dive in to answer all these questions and more.

Animal Crossing farming: All crops & how to grow them

Acnh Farming Pumpkin Patch (Image credit: iMore)
Pumpkins280 Bells
Wheat280 Bells
Tomatoes280 Bells
Potatoes280 Bells
Carrots280 Bells
Sugarcane280 Bells

There are six crops. You can drop them in the grass anywhere on your island and they'll grow. However, it's much more fun (and a whole lot nicer looking) if you take the time to set up a little fence surrounding darker soil and then drop the plants in place. Some plants must be purchased as seeds while others are purchased as starts.

In order for them to grow to their max potential, you'll want to water them every day until they're ready to harvest. Then you can cook cute little dishes using the things you've grown.

Animal Crossing farming Where to get seeds and starts

Acnh Leif Harveys Island (Image credit: iMore)

In order to start the farming process, you'll need to head over to Harvey's Island. Here you'll jump into the hippie dog himself and he'll explain his new merchant plaza to you.

  1. Head stright back and talk to the Lloid on the right of the little windmill.
  2. Pay them 100,000 Bells to bring Leif to the plaza. There's an ABD kiosk near Harvey's house if you need to withdraw money.
  3. Return the next day and talk to Leif.
  4. He'll offer two farming options in exchange for Bells.

Acnh Leif Harveys Island Shopping Seeds (Image credit: iMore)

You might need to contact friends or trade with other players in order to quickly find all of the available crops within Animal Crossing. But eventually, you can have a decent sized garden growing.

Animal Crossing: Farming Station

It's so fun finally having more options available to us in New Horizons. Have fun planting your crops and making cute little dishes. With Turkey Day on the horizon, the ability to prepare food opens up some fun new holiday activities like growing food and cooking your own feast.

Rebecca Spear
Rebecca Spear

Rebecca Spear is the dedicated gaming editor for iMore who loves playing games on Switch and iOS. She is a Zelda nut through and through and can also talk for hours about her favorite Pokémon games. She’s written hundreds of guides and reviews over the last six years to the point that if you get stuck in a game somewhere, she can help you out. On any given day, you’ll find her following the latest tech, digitally drawing with her iPad Air and Apple Pencil, reading a good book, or - you guessed it - playing video games. Follow her on Twitter @rrspear (opens in new tab) to see her post about her corgi, foster kitties, art, and favorite video game characters.