So I have been trying to make mud, but it just isn't working. Could someone give me a quick guide to making mud?
ps: I noticed there is an existing question about farming with buckets, but it doesn't quite answer my question.
Ok, so mud is created when water is placed on ground. Technically any water on almost any ground will create mud, but that usually isn't sufficient. Normally to use the mud, you need to either drain the water (or wait for it to evaporate) down to 1/7.
There are a couple ways you can create mud:
Flooding is largely straight forward. Create a channel near the water source. Make a Gate attached to a lever. Open gate to allow the flow of water. Close gate and allow water to flow out (or evaporate).
Rain is also fairly straight forward. In Temperate climates or better regular rainfall will turn most areas into mud. Simply dig a hole open to air, wait for the rain, and then construct a floor on top to prevent further flooding.
Bucket brigade was discussed in a previous question but I'll repost the answer here:
Your dwarves will dump the water into the pond at the ramp. It is key to have a ramp or this won't work. Water will slowly fill your 3x3 area until all tiles are at 1/7. When any tile is at 1/7th you'll notice mud is created.
You can see the original bucket brigade answer for more information