Sure, Sprout: Idle Garden might be an idle game (we know, we know, it was pretty obvious from the name), but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of hints and tips you can exploit to make sure you're getting the best possible return from your crops. Which is where this handy how-to comes in.
We've played an almost offensive amount of the game in our desire to make everything in the world a little bit nicer, so it's fair to say that we know what we're talking about here. That doesn't mean we've got the exclusive rights to knowing stuff about Sprout: Idle Garden, so if you've got your own hints and tips do please let us, and everyone else know in the comments section at the bottom of the article.
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That's the preamble out of the way then, so let's get out with telling you everything you need to know about Sprout: Idle Garden for iPhone and iPad.
Where do your paths go?
The paths are one of the most important parts of Sprout: Idle Garden for one very good reason - without them you're not going to earn money when you're not playing. You need them so your gardeners can walk from plant to plant unhampered and collect that sweet sweet pollen cash you crave.
Since putting the paths down can be a little fiddly on a small screen, it's always worth making sure that there are no kinks, dead-ends, or unnecessary tiles that are getting in the way. We've accidentally trapped new residents on more than one occasion, so double checking every path has become second nature - it should do for you as well.
Make the best use of your space
Putting down paths, places to plant, and pots costs money, so you need to ensure you're making the most out of the space you've got. Paths shouldn't just go somewhere, they should also be surrounded by plants pots on either side.
Think of it this way - every step a gardener takes along a path they should be able to do something. Whether that's utilize one of the buffs that you can stick into the ground, or tending a plant, you need to make sure that you're not wasting any of your precious idle time.
Do what your told
The game gives you regular, single challenges to complete. These are usually completed just by playing, but check every time you get a new one to make sure that there isn't something out of the ordinary you need to be doing to collect the reward.
Often you'll need to level up in order to finish a challenge and move on to the next, and while stuff like that is just going to happen anyway, it's easy to slip into the comfort zone of thinking it's going to be the same for every challenge. It isn't, so make sure you keep on your toes.
You should pop back into your garden at least once a day to collect your spoils and move things on a little. Even if you're just sticking your head in for ten minutes you can make an appreciable difference to what's happening. You pick flowers faster than your gardeners, for example.
Sprout: Idle Garden doesn't need a massive time commitment, but it does need some attention from you every now and again. And you'll be surprised how much more money you'll make in those ten minutes.