I'm living on an island and trying to play with all the constraints that entails - foremost being a lack of space to build things. I want to create a farm so I don't need to rely on mob spawns for my food but the lack of island space means I'll need to build my farm upwards rather than outwards.

If I were to create a series of 5x5 "shelves" of farmland on top of each other and connect them with a hole in the center would water flowing from the topmost layer of farmland hydrate the shelves beneath it?

From my experience I know that flowing water will hydrate tilled dirt it flows adjacent to, but I'm not sure if the situation is the same when the water flows straight downward.


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Yes. Confirmed experimentally.

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  • How many source blocks, just the top one?
    – Yates
    Commented May 10, 2021 at 12:54
  • @Yates Yes, between the redstone lamps so that it wouldn't spill sideways, just "leak" downwards.
    – SF.
    Commented May 10, 2021 at 12:57
  • That's pretty cool. I didn't know this.
    – Yates
    Commented May 10, 2021 at 13:07
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    @Yates Flowing water hydrates just the same as water sources. This is useful in some modpacks where vanilla buckets are unobtainable and classic water generation is disabled - you can dig "irrigation channels" off a lake leaving 8 blocks of farmland in between them and it will be hydrated in 9x9 from the "tip" of the channels.
    – SF.
    Commented May 10, 2021 at 13:20

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