How to Make an Automatic Pumpkin / Melon Farm in Minecraft

How to Make an Automatic Pumpkin / Melon Farm in Minecraft

Pumpkins and Melons were added to Minecraft back in Beta before it was even officially released. Players have sought out efficient, easy ways to harvest them ever since Redstone’s inception. Block updates weren’t detected automatically before Observers. This meant that farming them required extensive knowledge and manipulation. It’s no longer necessary.

How to make an Automatic Pumpkin/Melon Farm in Minecraft

We will show you how to create a simple, automated, and efficient farm for Melons and Pumpkins. It is very easy to set up and maintain this farm. Youtuber originally designed and presented this farm. Shulkercraft! It is a simple process but can be costly in terms of time and resources. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Get the resources

A screenshot of the necessary resources for the melon farm.A screenshot of the necessary resources for the melon farm.

These are the resources that you will need to build this melon/pumpkin farming farm. To make a pumpkin-farm, you can replace the 40 melon seed in the above image with 40 pumpkin seeds. You can also combine 20 melon seeds and 20 pumpkin seeds to create a farm that harvests them both almost equally.

You will need a lot of pistons, rails, and observer blocks to build this farm. You won’t be able make an automated farm without them. You need many observer blocks and pistons because melons and pumpkins can grow into blocks that must first be crushed.

Step 2: Dig the hole

A screenshot of the hole dug in the ground for the melon farm.A screenshot of the hole dug in the ground for the melon farm.

The hole was dug in a Superflat world. However, you will likely be digging it on a survival planet with normal world generation. The hole shown in the above photo measures 10 x 9x 2 blocks. Extra space will be created for the collection system by digging on one side, which is nine squares in length. The layers of this extra space follow this pattern from top to bottom: 3 * 2, 2 * 2, 1 * 2. In the 1 * 2 space, you’ll place the two chests. Here are your harvest melons.

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Step 3: Place the hoppers and torch

A screenshot of the redstone torches placed.A screenshot of the redstone torches placed.

Void will usually not be visible when you place the Redstone Torches. It is only because the farm in this guide was built on a Superflat planet, which means that there is very little space. You will need to place two hoppers before the chests face the hole from the Chest.

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Next, cross two blocks and make a trench across the bottom of your farm. This hole will be 1 * 10 * 2 blocks, as shown in the image above. Redstone Torches may be placed anywhere you want, as long as they are located on the bottom layer of this hole. After that, you’ll need to dig another hole 1 * 1 * 2 blocks against the wall five blocks away from the hoppers and place a Redstone Torch on the bottom layer. Follow the image for assistance.

Step 4: Install the rails

A screenshot of the rails placed for the melon farm.A screenshot of the rails placed for the melon farm.

Cover the Redstone Torches with blocks once you’ve placed them. You will now add the rails to allow the Minecart for you to ride. Also, collect any melons and pumpkins that are still in your possession. Please refer to the image for an outline. Powered Rails will be placed above the blocks that have Redstone Torches beneath. The Hopper Minecart will continue to collect Melon Slices or Pumpkins, and then drop them off in Hoppers as it rolls over them.

Step Five: Fill the water with water

A screenshot of the water placed on the melon farm.A screenshot of the water placed on the melon farm.

This step is important, but it’s easy. You can completely cover the rails with dirt. You can place the Slab in the bottom half of the hole by leaving a gap in the center of the main square. Next, fill the top with water. For guidance, refer to the image.

Step Six: Till and Plant

A screenshot of all the ground tilled and planted.A screenshot of all the ground tilled and planted.

Now you can start building your farm. Use your hoe to remove the Dirt blocks according to the checkerboard design. Place the Glowstone directly above the water and the slab block. This will provide light for your melons so they can continue to grow at night.

It is easy to find the Glowstone Block if you are unsure where to begin. You can skip one block and go on to the next. Build your checkerboard pattern in an 8 * 8 square from here. When you’re done tilling, put a pumpkin seed or melon in each piece of land.

Step Seven: Insert the Pistons

A screenshot of how to place the pistons.A screenshot of how to place the pistons.

The next steps can be a little tricky as you need to position them in a specific way to ensure the Pistons are correctly oriented. Every block that has not been tilled or planted must have a piston placed above it. You will need to build a temporary roof three blocks higher than the ground. This canopy must be three blocks higher than the ground, and not the plants or Glowstone.

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Now it is time for you to place your Pistons. To place a Piston, you must first crouch and then slowly move towards each bit of dirt. Look down at the Dirt block and aim your crosshair at that corner. Place the Piston. This is exactly what you need to do.

A screenshot of the pistons finished on the melon farm.A screenshot of the pistons finished on the melon farm.

Your farm should look something like the one shown above. The pattern will consist of a checkerboard layout of Piston block, with the opposite placement of plants. These Pistons will crush the melons and pumpkins that grow on the blocks below them.

Step 8: Place the Observers

A screenshot of how to place the observers.A screenshot of how to place the observers.

This is a tricky part and must be done carefully in order for the Observers be correctly oriented. Between each Piston there is an empty space above all the Tilled Dirt. Look down from the top of the farm at the plants below. Place your crosshair so that it is at the top hitbox of each plant. Place the Observer. The image above shows you where the crosshair should be. Place an Observer on top of every plant. These Observers can detect when a Melon or Pumpkin block has grown.

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Step 9: Place the Redstone Dust

A screenshot of all the observers placed with redstone.A screenshot of all the observers placed with redstone.

Redstone dust must be placed on each Observer. The Observer acts like a power source, and activates the Redstone Dust if it detects a block of plants growing. Redstone Dust activated by the Observer will power the Pistons adjacent to it, ensuring that at most one of them will crush the Melon block or Pumpkin block and make it an item drop.

Step Ten: Set a border, and wait

A screenshot of a completed melon farm.A screenshot of a completed melon farm.

It is important to place a border around the farm so that the Melon and Pumpkin stems don’t accidentally create blocks. If this happens, the plants can’t harvest. Then you can wait for the stems to grow before producing blocks. Once the blocks have been detected and smashed they will drop the items from the Hopper Minecart below. Once the blocks are collected, the Hopper Minecart can roll over the rails to the Hoppers and dispense them into the collection chests. Genius!

You have it! Now you have an automated pumpkin and melon farm!

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