Zynga has officially released the FarmVille Hanging Garden! Before you get your trousers in a twist, Lets take some time to understand just what this is. Lets classify this as a Mini Farm. You know, like the Anglers Pond or the Sunflower Meadows. There are a LOT of prizes to be discovered IF you can craft enough Trowels. There is also a path which you must follow to unlock each section at a time. We will cover that all after the break!
Traveling to the new destination is FREE unlike previous reports, there is no early access and it does not cost Farm Cash. Initially you may encounter a Pop Up to take you over or you may find Farmer Bob in your Neighbors Bar. Search around a bit, you will surely find it. If not, check the side of your window for the Green Pegacorn icon.
Once you have traveled over, you can re-visit using the Travel Menu as shown below…
When you arrive at Hanging Gardens, you will meet Farmer Bob, who will lead you through a series of How To’s and explains how Hanging Gardens works and how to clear your first batch of Tall Grass using your already provided Golden Trowels.
Golden Trowel Specifics
Tall Grass is a constant obsticale when you visit Hanging Gardens. They can only be cleared out using your Golden Trowels. You will start with just enough Golden Trowels to clear two plots of Tall Grass.
There are several ways to obtain Golden Trowels. Don’t worry, if you actually work at it, you will never have to spend a single red Farm Cent on this Mini Farm
- Plow, Plant and Harvest any crop on Any Farm to unearth Golden Trowels
- Harvest any of your animal pens and orchards on Any Farm to find Golden Trowels
- Craft Golden Trowels in the new Garden Tool Shed in Hanging Gardens
You will locate MOST of your Trowels while hustling and bustling around your farm, which is nice. If we think about all the quests, challenges and leaderboards we have our hands full! So finding these items while out and about is like killing two birds with one stone. If you do decide you need more, you can always craft them!
Crafting requires Tumeric, Amber Grain and Golden Ore. Both bushels come from their respective crops from your Farm or your Neighbors Farm. Golden Ore on the other hand can only be found by planting and harvesting on your own farm.
At first you will only be able to craft 20 trowels at a time but as you keep on making more, you will unlock more tables in your Garden Shed. From there you will move on to 40 and 80 trowels at a time! Trowels take 16 hours to complete.
Clearing Tall Grass
Once you have a good stash of Golden Trowels, you can start using them to clear plots of Tall Grass in your new Hanging Garden! In order to clear a plot, think of it like opening a treasure in any of the other expansions. Mouse over the plot you wish to remove and click “Use 150″. That is correct, 150 Golden Trowels per plot!
Every time you clear a plot of Tall Grass, you will find a new gift that will go to your Gift Box! You will also sometimes uncover an additional treasure that was hiding in the grass.
The Worlds of Hanging Gardens
Hanging Gardens is a multi stage garden, meaning that as you unlock more plots, you progress to higher stages. Each stage ends up requiring more and more Golden Trowels to clear the Tall Grass. You will also have to repair some broken bridges between the stages also using Golden Trowels.
Here is a legend of all the different stages or “worlds” of the Hanging Garden in unlocking order :
Each world has a different theme. The treasures you’ll discover in each world go along with that theme.