I've seen a few videoes where people create near (or completely) automated tree farms in Minecraft, so I thought I'd give it a go.
I'm playing 1.7.3 beta SMP though, no mods (at least none that alter game behavior.)
One of the things I saw one guy had made was something that automated planting a tree, and then automated applying a bonemeal, before finally he automated flooding the area with water to destroy the tree and gather the trunk items.
One thing at a time.
My question is thus this:
- Is it possible to automate the "plant a sapling" part?
I tried the following:
- I set out a dispenser, pointed towards a block of dirt, but at the same level as the dirt-block. In other words, the "hole" in the dispenser was not visible, and led directly into the dirt-block
- I set out the dispenser, pointing towards the dirt-block, but one level above the dirt-block
In both cases, when powered, a sapling item was dropped on top of the dirt-block. I assume that when the dispenser "submerged" at the same level as the dirt-block dispensed a sapling, it floated to the top due to the same rules that makes item float to the top of newly placed blocks.
So, is this part even possible without a mod?