How to make a pumpkin farm in Minecraft (easiest method)

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How to make a pumpkin farm in Minecraft (easiest method)

Pumpkins in Minecraft are one of the most common and useful crops in the game. They can be found in most Minecraft biomes, are easy to farm, and have a variety of uses. But unfortunately, they don’t grow like other crops in Minecraft. Because of that, you need to take extra steps to harvest, collect, and use pumpkins in your world. So we stepped in to make your life easier and teach you how to make a pumpkin farm in Minecraft. Once you build the pumpkin farm, you can let the farm do its thing while you explore your world. The best thing about this farm is that you can use the same layout to create a melon farm as well. With that said, let’s dive in!

Make a pumpkin farm in Minecraft (2022)

We will first cover the uses of pumpkins in Minecraft 1.19 to help you get the most out of this farm. But if you’re not interested in that, use the table below to jump into the farm building process.

Uses of pumpkins in Minecraft

Since we are going to build a pumpkin farm, you should know the various ways in which you can use this fruit within Minecraft:

  • Helmet: You can wear carved pumpkins as a helmet to prevent the Endermen from becoming hostile even if you look directly at them. It is useful when making an Enderman farm in Minecraft.
  • golems: Both Iron Golem and Snow Golem require carved pumpkins to bring them to life.
  • pumpkin lantern: When combined with a torch, the pumpkins turn into a block of light.
  • Pumpkin cake: You can use pumpkins to create pumpkin pies, which are a great food to restore your hunger bar.
  • Trade: Apprentice level farming villagers give emeralds in exchange for pumpkins. This trade is usually expensive, but can be profitable if you heal a zombie villager before trading.

Uses of melons in Minecraft

You can also use the pumpkin farm layout in Minecraft to grow melons. Both follow the same mechanics. But when it comes to use, melons don’t compare to pumpkins. You also can eat them directly or exchange them for emeralds. That is all. With that said, it’s time to look at the materials you need to make a pumpkin farm.

Items Needed to Make a Pumpkin Farm

You need the following items to build a pumpkin farm in Minecraft:

  • a bucket of water
  • two chests
  • a hopper
  • eight pistons
  • six observers
  • a hoe
  • Six solid blocks (any)
  • Eight pieces of redstone powder
  • six pumpkin seeds (or melon seeds, if preferred)
  • Fifty building blocks (any)
  • Optional: Froglights (or any other light source)
  • Optional: forty-four glass blocks

All the items you need for a basic pumpkin farm are readily available. But you may have to do a bit of work to find the pumpkin seeds. They can be found in villages, dungeons, mine shafts, Woodland Mansions, and by trading with Wandering Traders. However, most players rely on finding naturally generated pumpkins and smashing them for seeds.

Easily make a pumpkin and melon farm in Minecraft

The layout we’re covering here is the easiest pumpkin farm layout in the community. It was developed by YouTuber NaMiature and it works on both Minecraft Java vs Bedrock editions. You can use the same blueprint to build a melon farm in Minecraft. Only the seeds are different in each case.

Pumpkin Farm Item Collection Area

Follow the steps below to make a pumpkin or melon farm in Minecraft:

1 First, dig a cavity 8 blocks long on the floor. It should be in a straight line and only one block deep.

Eight block long hole

2. Then, at one end of the cavity, dig an L-shaped hole which is two blocks deep.

L shaped hole

3. After that, put two chests next to each other at the extended end of the two-block deep hole. After, put a hopper on the edge of the chest next to the extended hole. This hopper must be connected directly to the chest.

Hopper entering chests

4. Once one edge of the farm is ready, go to the other edge of the 8-block pit. After, empty a bucket of water on the far edge. The water will flow from that edge into the hopper. Every item that enters this stream will go straight into the hopper and be stored in chests.

Flowing water in minecraft pumpkin farm

Planting area for pumpkin farm

Unlike other crops, along with water, pumpkins also require an additional empty block to grow. The block where your seed is planted acts as the stem, and the block adjacent to the stem is where the actual pumpkin fruit grows. With these mechanics in mind, let’s create a planting area for the pumpkin farm in Minecraft.

1 First, equip a hoe and till the earth blocks alternately on both sides of the water channel by right-clicking or using the secondary action key. All carved blocks must be spaced 1 block apart. Also, tillage should not start in front of the edge with the water block of the fountain. This is what your farm layout should look like after this step:

Carved Blocks for Melon Pumpkin Farm

2. Then, plant the pumpkin or melon seeds in the carved places by right-clicking or using the secondary action key. You can also do this step after finishing the farm.

Pumpkin seeds planted

3. Now put a observer behind each carved block. Each observer should look at the hewn block where he has planted the pumpkin seeds.

Observers at Pumpkin Farm

4. Then, put pistons on each side of the observers. These pistons should face the path of the water, as they will push the fully grown gourds into the flow of water for harvesting.

Pistons at Pumpkin Farm

Automate pumpkin farm

With the harvest and planting area ready, it’s time to activate the pumpkin farm and automate it. This is how you do it:

1 First, place a solid block behind each observer. You can use any solid blocks, but we recommend using bright light blocks like frog lights so the farm can work even at night.

Blocks of light behind the observers

2. Now, place a piece of Redstone powder behind each piston on the pumpkin farm in Minecraft.

Redstone Dust behind Pistons in Minecraft's Pumpkin Farm

3. Finally, cover the entire farm with solid blocks to keep the pumpkins from falling out of the way of the water. If you want to keep an eye on the farm, it is best to use glass blocks.

Pumpkin Farm in Glass Cage

How does the pumpkin farm work?

The mechanics behind the pumpkin farm functionality is simple. In Minecraft, the observers can detect stem growth. So, every time the stem grows, the observer sends out a Redstone signal, which moves the pistons. The pistons can dislodge the gourds in front of them, causing them to fall like an object into the stream of water.

How to make a pumpkin farm in minecraft
Pumpkin farm running (at higher speed)

The water carries these gourds to the hoppers, which collect them in chests. At the same time, the hopper also collects the seeds dropped by the pumpkins. Meanwhile, the stem restarts the cycle by growing and spawning another gourd.

Frequent questions

How to grow pumpkins faster in Minecraft farm?

You can use bone meal on pumpkin stems to make your fruit grow faster.

Where can pumpkin seeds be planted?

Pumpkin seeds can only be planted on farmland blocks.

Where does pumpkin grow?

Pumpkins, as a fruit, only grow on dirt, grass blocks, farmland, podzol, or coarse soil adjacent to farmland blocks.

How much space do pumpkins need to grow in Minecraft?

You must leave a block of empty space adjacent to the pumpkin seed.

Are pumpkins rarer than diamonds?

Based on the Minecraft spawn rate, pumpkins are rarer than diamonds. But because they spawn above ground and as exposed blocks, they are much easier to find than diamonds.

Make an automatic minecraft pumpkin and melon farm

Whether you want to make a Halloween-themed Minecraft house or a large food storage, the pumpkin farm in Minecraft is perfect for you. It’s one of the easiest farms to build and fits well with most basic Minecraft ideas. However, one part that this farm lacks is the experience orb department. Unlike mob based farms, you cannot collect experience on the pumpkin farm. So if you are looking to create an XP farm, Minecraft Sculk farm is the best alternative. Use the new Sculk blocks to create a simple and reliable experience collection system. That said, how are you going to use the pumpkin farm in Minecraft? Tell us in the comments!

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