Clearing the farm
Before you get any crops growing, buildings built or, well, anything else, you're going to need to clear the absolute mess that is your fields.
You'll find logs, stone, weeds and a variety of other things clogging up the fields. You'll need the scythe to make quick work of small plants and grass, while logs and trees need the axe.
Stones can be broken apart with the pickaxe. Meanwhile, larger stones and logs will require you upgrade your tools, so that's a job for later.
As you're clearing your fields you'll be picking up fibre, stone, wood, seeds, acorns, and much more, all of which you can cash in immediately, or make some use of.
You will be able to craft some items from the crafting menu, or alternatively, you can throw it all in the shipping bin next to your house.
The shipping bin will be your main source of income throughout the game - any time you have crops or other random items you don't want to keep and don't have another use for, throw them in here to get paid for them tomorrow morning.
Right, now the fields are clear and some early money is coming in, let's get some crops growing and making proper cash.
Till the fields with the hoe, and then use seeds - either the mixed ones you can find, or the ones you can buy at Pierre's - on the tilled ground to plant them. Then, simply, water them with the watering can.
You'll need to water them all every single day - um, unless it's raining - and eventually you'll have fresh crops for you to fill the shipping bin with and rake in the cash.
Your first purchase
Ah, now the big question is what should you be saving up for first, right?
Cash is precious in a game like this, and buying seeds isn't a bad idea at all, but there's one thing you'll quickly learn that you need more than anything.
Bag space. Yep, you need it, Pierre's got it. For like 2,000G. Yep, best get saving.
After that? 10,000G. But it's well worth it. Farming is rough business…