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I am making some more Biospheres, and need to get grass onto a raised dirt platform. For my previous pair, I created a dirt bridge from a nearby hill that was at the same level, but it took an age to get across. Is there a better way?

Dirt Platform

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I should have said, no hacks! I know it's trivial to hack in a grass block!

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With the silk touch enchantment on any tool, you can obtain a 'grass block' when digging instead of a dirt block. Place the grass in a patch of dirt and it will spread normally.

This is also helpful if you want to transplant Mycelium blocks.

Source: http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Enchanting

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Note that the enchanted tool does not have to be a shovel. Since grass blocks can be "safely broken" with any tool (including your bare hand), any tool with the Silk Touch enchantment will cause the grass block to drop. –  IQAndreas Sep 28 '13 at 13:03
    
@IQAndreas - If only I could enchant my hand :) –  Robotnik Nov 12 '13 at 4:42

If you want to cheat - hack in a grass block, currently block ID 2.

Otherwise, the only solution is to build a dirt walkway /staircase from the nearest patch of grass to your dirt. The thicker the walkway, the faster the grass will grow, as it has more room to spread.

One tip that I found useful is to place torches down (more the better), in order for the grass to grow at night - this speeds things up a lot :)

EDIT:

Check this thread for a helpful guide, in picture form! (note: some points on there may be out of date, as this is from an earlier build of Minecraft - the majority of it should be correct though)

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The only way is to build a dirt bridge to get the grass to spread there. But if you make your dirt bridge three or four blocks wide, it will spread faster since there are more targets for the grass to spread to, thus increasing the odds of it happening.

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Now that there's pistons, just rig up a piston to push a grass block up to your platform!

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There aren't pistons yet (put off due to the second programmer working on pistons moving to other duties), but this might in future be a great solution. –  SevenSidedDie May 5 '11 at 15:15
    
Aah, got it. Well, future best solution then! –  Alain May 5 '11 at 15:25

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