Being jaded makes life much less painful. I received a copy of this audiobook from the narrator via the Goodreads Audiobooks group — thank you. A few more quotes: Humans have not returned to the moon since. The reward to risk ration went down. Put them all together There's always this controversy, too, over 'why spend all this money in space? Not a damn nickel has been spent in space — it's spent right here, right here on earth.
I think of our advances in technology, and I think the space program has given them all to us. Our standard of living and the advances in technology have been accelerated because of our space program. The only other event that accelerates technology is war. You know which one I would choose? I think you would too. You always hear about so many social ills that this country has to take care of. I propose to you that if our social ills had been a priority back in the 's and 's, the western boundary of the United States would be Virginia's Allegheny Mountains.
I am, and ever will be, a white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer —— born under the second law of thermodynamics, steeped in steam tables, in love with free—body diagrams, transformed by Laplace, and propelled by compressible flow. Which has nothing to do with anything. But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas? The commander was ruling himself out of becoming the first person to walk on the moon. The reasons he did so are sound, practical ones, and show that this crew's dedication to test piloting excellence was more important to them than personal glory.
View all 4 comments. Apr 21, Michael Flanagan rated it it was amazing Shelves: In the Shadow of the Moon delivers an extremely well researched look at the race to put man on the moon. This is done by following the Gemini program through to Apollo They step the reader through t In the Shadow of the Moon delivers an extremely well researched look at the race to put man on the moon. They step the reader through the Gemini and early Apollo flights weaving together the story from the astronauts themselves with good ole fashion facts.
I walked away from this book with a lot more knowledge on the early space program of both Superpowers as well as a unique personal view of what it was like to reach for the stars. In the Shadow of the Moon is an example of history writing at its best.
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Jul 03, Smh rated it it was amazing. This is second of three books by Francis French and Colin Burgess covering the history of manned space exploration. It's an incredible book It covers both US and Soviet space travel and provides a detailed account with comments from many of the astronauts and cosmonauts. I thought I knew a lot about the Gemini and Apollo programs - this book's focus. I learned so much m This is second of three books by Francis French and Colin Burgess covering the history of manned space exploration. I learned so much more by reading this book. Jun 22, Jim rated it liked it.
A workmanlike look at the U. This book is the second of a trilogy looking at the entirety of the race to the moon and its exploration by the United States. Overall I enjoyed the book in the same way I enjoy a really well written Wikipedia entry. I get all the information I want, with the pleasure being the information itself and not so much the writing. It was A workmanlike look at the U.
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It was cool having such a detailed description of each Gemini mission which is often overlooked in the history of the space race. The sections that looked at the Russian program were also interesting in I had read very little about it in the past. Detailed and lengthy reflections by the Astronauts and Cosmonauts themselves was also interesting. Where this book falls short in my opinion is in its obvious attempt to avoid any hint of controversy.
Astronaut biographies read like NASA press releases, and in sections that looked at controversies that were so public they could not be ignored the authors inevitably tried to take as sunny a view of them as possible. If you are looking for a good first book to read on this era of space history you could do worse than this book. If you are looking for a book that puts the space race into a wider political, social and economic context you should look elsewhere.
A good book on this topic is …The Heavens and the Earth: Jun 26, Andrew rated it really liked it. Great book on the Apollo space program, although not the very best book of the many I have read on the subject, it is right up there near the top of the pile. Aug 03, Roopkumar Balachandran rated it it was amazing Shelves: The cover of the book caught my attention to pick up from the library.
The book is about the race to reach Moon. Foreground is Moon and the crescent is the Earth. First photo of Earth from Moon. It is well researched and the author has given much details about the space programs to put man on the moon, he also given the biography of each astronauts and selected cosmonauts in the space race. The vivid description of each mission is worth mentioning. The description given for The cover of the book caught my attention to pick up from the library. Below are some of the images from NASA website. Gemini III lift off The difficulties faced in each mission, how the astronauts coped with inside the capsule, the space walk they performed and how they mastered, docking procedures and re entry procedures are worth mentioning.
We can feel how much difficulties the astronauts suffered. After the loss of three precious lives of Astronauts they created faultless rockets to put man on the Moon. I enjoyed reading the book and I wanted to buy this book for my future reference. May 04, Michael rated it it was amazing.
I have a great interest in the space program, being a child of the 60's. I admit I was born in 69 on the Apollo 11 launch date, but always had the memory of my mother telling me often that she was making me watch the moon landing at the hospital. So I always had a fascination for the era which persists to this day. Listening to audiobooks on the subject, particularly the Apollo program, is a favorite pastime of mine.
I was fortunate to be able to get a free copy of this from the narrator, but it I have a great interest in the space program, being a child of the 60's. I was fortunate to be able to get a free copy of this from the narrator, but it was on my list of books to purchase eventually. Of all the audiobooks on the subject I've listened too, I did find that I learnt a lot on this book on the crews that I didn't know. The book covered well the manned Gemini and Apollo mission up to the Apollo I note that one of the authors Francis French has a separate book covering an earlier period Into That Silent Sea , also available on Audible.
This book also spends a little time on an aside covering the Soviet space program. Primarily the focus of this book is the crews only, in often times their backstories, and their mission. I don't think that the publisher description of the book is clear enough in this regard. It did touch on other aspects, but not many. The unmanned missions weren't discussed, nor were many of the ground staff and technical and engineering aspects. It was a book about the astronauts. In that respect though I felt it did a very admirable job covering it.
I would personally however love to find a book that covers the Apollo program itself in wider detail, with more stories on the engineering such as the Saturn V, the LEM development, the CSM development, etc. There might be one but I've not found it - if anyone has a recommendation, let me know!watch
Gary Willprecht's narration was excellent, and was easy listening. Enough differentiation was put into characters dialog to distinguish it from the text narrative of the book as well. In all a recommended addition to the series. I'd be glad to read the next book, if the authors produce one covering the all of the missions after Apollo Therefore the description of the book grabbed me right off the bat.
I have read a number of space related books, both paper and audio, and this ranks high in that list. A lot of interesting facts, anecdotes, and stories that let you learn the different personalities of the mission teams, particularly the flight crews. I knew a lot of the problems encountered in the space program from the engineering side of things beforehand, but learned a lot more about them from the flight crew perspective in this book. Narration on a book like this which includes facts, interviews, and papers can be tricky.
The narrator here had, for me, the perfect voice quality, tone, intonations and pacing. There are both explanatory passages, stories, and interview excerpts throughout the book, which I had no trouble distinguishing. I especially appreciated the change in voice made when reading a quote which not only distinguished it from the rest of the section, but overall made for a very nice listening experience.
I would definitely recommend listening over eye-ball reading the book. I received a review copy of this book for my honest opinion.
Aug 13, Melissa Dwyer rated it liked it. Originally rated G by Dale J. Bizub In the Shadow of the Moon tells the story of the most exciting and challenging years in spaceflight, with two superpowers engaged in a titanic struggle to land one of their own people on the moon. Their book explores the inspirations, ambitions, personalities, and experiences of the sele Originally rated G by Dale J. A well written but in-depth study of early spaceflight, this book chronicles missions through the eyes of the participants. A little more of an advanced read, some high school students may find it interesting and informative.
Bizub — Allderdice HS A very good book on the history in human space flight.
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It is a long one considering it covers only the Gemini and early Apollo flights between The events and the technicality are already well documented in many places, so the major differentiator of this book is its focus on the people. Many of its interviews look at what the astronauts went through from a personal stand point, both in the space and on earth.
I received the audiobook version for free from the narrator in exchange for a A very good book on the history in human space flight. I received the audiobook version for free from the narrator in exchange for a honest review. The narrator did a fine job on a 18hr non-fiction book that is very interview-centric.
His tone variation enhance the listening experience. It could be difficult to voice for so many different interviewees but he handled it well. I just realized this is the second book of a long series on human space flight Outward Odyssey. I like the series' approach and already have my hands on the first and third books, which talk about early space flight and post-Apollo 11 era. Looking forward to read them. Mar 26, Gary Willprecht rated it it was amazing. Being very young when the Gemini flights were taking place, I was very interested in learning the tasks each Gemini mission set out to accomplish.
We knew very little about travel in space, each mission added to our understanding of equipment needs, affects on the human body and technical know-how. Without that understanding, our men would have perished. You can see some parallels taking place today as we set out to travel to Mars. We are sending probes to Mars to gather information about weathe Being very young when the Gemini flights were taking place, I was very interested in learning the tasks each Gemini mission set out to accomplish.
We are building a new spacecraft for missions to Mars and testing the components before making the journey. We performed many of these same tasks in the s before that first trip to the moon, Apollo 8. Sep 19, Angela Joyce rated it it was amazing. Like its predecessor, this book is a delight. Not only was I glad or in one instance, devastated to learn more of the fates of the astronauts from the first book, I greatly enjoyed learning more about the crews which came next.
As before, they are presented as real, complex human beings, and it's easy to grow attached to them while reading both the narrative and their own accounts.
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The authors really know how to keep you reading! I appreciated this new way of seeing the event. The book concludes in a satisfying manner, too, reminding the reader of the progress in space travel over a relatively short amount of time, beginning with Yuri Gagarin.
If you read the first book, do be sure to read this one as well. You'll never look at the night sky the same way again. I read quite a bit of non-fiction, but I haven't read much space history before -- so the book was very interesting, and I learned a lot. This was a very long audio book with lots and lots of details. The chapters were so long that they exceeded the length of the audible chapter files. The book was presented mostly chronologically, but with each new astronaut introduced often a biography from birth to death would be given.
I had a difficult time figuring out why some astronauts were given so muc I read quite a bit of non-fiction, but I haven't read much space history before -- so the book was very interesting, and I learned a lot. I had a difficult time figuring out why some astronauts were given so much time and others so little. The book could have been improved by a bit more organization, as it seemed to flow, almost stream of consciousness, from the beginning to the end. The narrator did a good job and it was an easy listen. I received this audiobook free for an honest review. Each property has its own benefits and drawbacks; but with respect to farming the three fields are actually relatively even.
They differ slightly in size 92 at the town plot, at the hilltop plot and at the seaside plot , but at the beginning of the game you won't have the stamina to till and water a plant in every spot anyway - and by the time you do have that much stamina, you'll likely be able to afford to purchase one of the secondary fields. So choose your field based on the other characteristics you're interested in proximity to fishing, the hot spring, the town instead of just field size. These need to be cleared away for more effective farming.
Annoyingly, early in the game you really won't have the stamina to do some major field-clearing. The trees are definitely too strong, and the boulders will take most of your stamina to clear. One strategy is to make use of the hot spring to double your stamina for the day. After your chores are done, visit the hot spring and return to bust apart a boulder. Overall, though, you'll be forced to work around the obstacles for the first season or two. Eventually you'll have the money to upgrade your tools to make major field-clearing more feasible, as well as Power Berries that will give you more stamina.
The most prominent places are Souffle Farm and from Taylor, though early in the game only Souffle Farm is available Taylor arrives on Winter 15 at the earliest. Souffle Farm will sell seeds according to its store level; early on, it only sells a limited selection of seeds and fertilizers, but as the farm grows in level meaning as you sell crops , it will level up and increase its selection. To raise Souffle Farm to Level 2, sell 5,G worth of produce.
To raise it to Level 3, sell 10,G total, 5,G more than before worth of produce. Fortunately, this isn't a huge sum, and you'll likely have raised it to Level 3 by the time first Fall begins. There are a few other places to buy seeds as well. Several seeds, especially flower seeds, can be found at the Flower Festival on Spring A few others can be found at the Harvest Festival and different Flea Markets throughout the year.
A select few can only be purchased from Pineapple Inn on Toucan Island. And in case you forget, you can only buy from Taylor by calling him on the telephone: They each contain every type of seed, and can potentially contain any seed from the season - including ones that aren't sold at Souffle Farm. However, there's no way of determining what the seeds will be, and mixed seed bags typically cost slightly more than the average of the crops for the season. Seasonal seed mixes will not be included in the profit analysis for each season, given the heavy variation involved. In general, you won't want to choose mixed bags of seeds for profit.
Use them if you want to grow a particular crop or flower whose seller you haven't accessed yet - for example, Taylor sells Flax seeds, but a mixed bag from Souffle Farm could grow Flax as well. Tree of Tranquility than they have in past Harvest Moon games. In past games, crop formations were especially crucial because your character couldn't walk over crops - so there was always a risk of blocking one crop from being harvested or watered.
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In Tree of Tranquility, though, you can walk over, around and through your planted crops, so planting crops with access in mind is no longer necessary. Instead, it is now more important to consider tool usage when planting crops. Initially your watering can can only water one square at a time, but as it levels up it will water different formations - a 1x3 strip a strip of three directly out from in front of you, not right or left at Level 2, a 3x3 square at Level 3, a 3x6 block at Level 4, and a 5x6 block at Level 5.
Given that there is nothing to block you from harvesting or watering any crop, it really isn't necessary to plant anything besides a block of crops. As you level up, it actually becomes more effective to plant your crops in one giant block, as the watering can will touch more. Additionally, given that seeds are planted in a row of 6, there's never any need for the classic 3x3 block except as a part of a larger 3x6 block.
Once you've settled on a formation, till the land, plant the seeds and start watering. Water your plants every day to minimize growth time - growth times listed in later sections will assume you water your crops every day. And don't forget, a bag of seeds will plant a 1x6 strip of seeds directly in front of you, so to maximize the profit per bag make sure to have 6 squares tilled. Each spot on the ground can hold one seed and grow one crop.
But unlike past Harvest Moon games, a single bag of seeds contains enough seeds for 6 spots, and these are planted in a horizontal line in front of you rather than a square. If you're unclear about where your seeds will land, press Z to check it out before pressing A to plant them. Raising crops is relatively simple: Then, water the seeds each day. They will begin to sprout - keep watering them every day until eventually they bare fruit.
You'll know they're ready to be plucked when you the "A" graphic appears in the top right of the screen as you walk by them. Seeds are purchased from several different places in and around town; prices vary based on the type of seed. There are some considerations to be made when choosing and planting crops: If you try to plant a crop out of season, it MAY sprout with some restrictions , but it will take drastically longer to grow.
Additionally, no crop planted out-of-season is more profitable than any in-season crop. Read the 'Growing Out of Season' section below for more information. Before planting late in the season, check the growth time - no point in planting a crop that takes 7 days to grow when there are only 6 days left in the season, for profit at least. If you need the crop for a recipe or gift, go ahead and plant - it will sprout the following season as long as it fits the rules mentioned in the 'Growing Out of Season' section below.
These crops have an initial growth time time until they first bear fruit and a re-grow time time after they bear fruit that they bear fruit again. These crops tend to be more profitable, but must be planted early in the season for maximum profit. You'll know that a crop is multi-harvest if something remains behind when you pick its produce.
Not all of them, just random crops throughout your field. There's nothing you can do about this though, unless you avoid hurricanes by saving and resetting the night before. Each crop will be rated as Decent, Good, Perfect or Shining. The better the soil quality, the better the crop.
Read the section that starts 3 lines from now for more information. When tilling the soil, there is a visible difference in the types of soil: The best soil is so dark it almost looks like it's already been watered if not viewed next to a watered square; the worst soil is so light it looks more like sand. Remember, though, that all soil qualities look the same once they've been watered, so don't check for soil quality after watering. There are three soil levels: There are also four levels of crop quality: Decent, Good, Perfect and Shining.
Notice that there are three types of soil, but four types of crop: Higher-quality soil yields higher-quality crops, which in turn sell for more. However, even plants planted in the highest-quality soil will not reliably yield Shining-level crops. Poor soil will typically yield Decent and Good crops, while Regular soil will yield Good, Perfect, and rarely Shining. Good soil will yield Good, Perfect and Shining as well, but with Perfect and Shining occurring at higher rates.
These are just estimates, but they're based on on thousands and thousands of trials, so they should be accurate within a percent or two. The profit studies below are based on these proportions. This is also helpful for some of the goddess recipes, which require a crop of a specific level. Note, though, that for this to work, you must save and reset from the night before.
A single bag of fertilizer operates on six squares of soil in a row, similar to the way a bag of seeds is planted. There are three types of fertilizer: Fertilizer, Rapid Fertilizer and Happy Fertilizer. Each has subtle differences: It will last one season give or take a few days. It will last two seasons give or take a few days. It will last three seasons give or take a few days. Given the prices of the three fertilizers, it is never better to buy Regular or Rapid.
The only time buying Regular makes sense is when Souffle Farm has begun selling Regular, but not Rapid and Happy which it sells starting at 3 stars. None of the three fertilizers are available at Souffle Farm initially. Regular becomes available at 2 stars 5,G of crops sold , while Rapid and Happy become available at 3 stars 10,G of crops sold. Fertilizer can be purchased from other places in the meantime.
The best place to find fertilizer is the Flower Festival, occurring the 10th of Spring. Here you can purchase Happy Fertilizer from some of the stalls. Unfortunately, you may not have much money by the first Flower Festival to buy much fertilizer, given its close proximity to the start of the game. Fertilizer can also be purchased from the Harvest Festival in Fall and from Taylor who arrives in the middle of your first Winter at the earliest , but by the time these both roll around, Souffle Farm will have likely leveled-up. If it hasn't, you're not really selling enough crops to even care, now are you?
Good soil, Decent soil and Poor soil. The Good soil growth time is always the fastest, followed by the Decent soil time. There are, however, some crops that take the same amount of time to grow regardless of soil quality, like Potatoes.
For these crops, they will take the same number of days to grow regardless of the type of soil they're planted in - the only impact soil quality will have is on crop quality. Crop growth times can be impacted by other factors as well: To avoid this, pick weeds the first morning you see them. Not every crop can grow in every season, however: You can also leave multi-harvest crops from Spring growing into Summer.
You can also leave multi-harvest crops from Summer growing into Fall. You can also leave multi-harvest crops from Fall growing into Winter. Or, shown in convenient chart form: However, crops growing out of season suffer from greatly reduced growth times - it is never more profitable to grow out-of-season crops in Spring, Summer and Fall than it is to grow those season's best crops Strawberries, Cocoa and Eggplants, respectively. It is, however, more profitable to grow Eggplants in Winter than the only Winter crop Buckwheat. When weeds are growing near your crops or trees, they may and often will actually harm the crop in two ways: To prevent this from happening, pull any weed found within 2 squares either side-to-side or diagonally of a crop or tree.
Be careful, though, as in Tree of Tranquility, pulling weeds actually consumes stamina. The sickle uses much less stamina than strictly pulling - but the sickle will also chop down your crops if you focus on the wrong square, so again, be careful. Weeds have an extra impact on trees: While the tree is growing, make sure to clear out these weeds - once the tree is grown, though, this is not as significant as the tree will bare fruit regardless.
Each field does have a maximum weed capacity, so you may notice that if you let the weeds grow long enough without trimming them, new ones may stop spawning up. This can be useful: These crops carry different levels of stamina restoration, measured in points. Consuming the crop raw will grant that many points of stamina restoration. Cooked dishes almost always carry a higher stamina restoration value than raw crops, but raw crops can help in a pinch, or early in the game when cooking utensils haven't been obtained. Your character begins the game with stamina points, and each power berry grants an increase of points, for a maximum total of points.
Herbs and Flowers There are three types of seeds that you can buy: The vast majority of your seed purchases will be crops: Every herb grown will be of the same quality, as well as every flower - the only drawback to planting flowers and herbs in poor quality soil is in the growth time. Between herbs and flowers, the main difference is in consumption: Both can be used for dyeing yarn, and both can be sold, though neither are nearly as profitable as crops.
Note that if you want to keep flowers alive after they're fully grown for honey, for example , you still need to water them each day. If you notice that your flowers are brown one day, pick them immediately - they'll disappear before the next day. Flowers can also be used to attract bees for honey; more information on this is available in the 'Field Items' section search for [ FIT ] without the spaces. The maximum number of harvests that can be garnered from a single strip of soil from that crop. This count assumes that the crop is planted on the first day of the season, watered every day except when it's raining, of course , harvested the first day it's available, and - for single-harvest crops - re-planted the same day of the harvest.
Additionally, this count includes the harvest that can take place on the 1st of the following month, given that it does not interfere with the following month's farming.
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This section contains harvest plus the additional information on mixed-quality profit for each additional rows, how crop qualities harvest. Can't be bought Stamina Recovery: Can't be eaten raw Used in Recipes: Can't be purchased Stamina Recovery: Flax Yarn Goddess Recipe: Flower Festival Spring Can't be eaten raw Flower Color: Pudding, Hot Cocoa Goddess Recipe: Blue Yarns Goddess Recipe: Can't be eaten Flower Color: Risotto, Rice Cocktail Goddess Recipe: Spicy Stew, Stew Goddess Recipe: Stew, Yam Cocktail Goddess Recipe: Ratatouille, Vegetable Juice Goddess Recipe: Buckwheat Noodles Goddess Recipe: Pudding, Pumpkin Stew Goddess Recipe: Bodigizer XL Goddess Recipe: Yellow Yarns Goddess Recipe: The three studies serve different purposes: These values represent the maximum amount that can be earned from that crop for the season.
Use this to plan which crops you want to plant the first day and maintain throughout the season. The values in this column are assuming several things: Additionally, harvests are counted all the way up until the 1st day of the following month - so for the values below to hold true, refrain from chopping down old crops until the 1st day of the next season. This list is sorted by profit per season per row in Good Soil. The number listed alongside the profit is that crop's rank in that particular soil.
Use this to find the best crop to plant when your days are running low and you're looking for a little extra cash. Because this list is intended only for short-term profits, only the profits from the first harvest of a multi-harvest crop are listed. If you have the time for more than one harvest from a multi-harvest crop, check its listing in its section above to see how much it would make for your number of harvests.
This list is sorted by each crop's profit per day per bag in Good Soil, the best measure of crop cost-efficiency. Pay attention to the crop's growth time so you know if the crop will sprout in time for the end of the season. The values listed are, needless to say, approximate. Because crop quality is somewhat random, profits will differ - they should be near the below values, but won't be precise.
Note that for profits computed for an entire bag or row, the profit listed for a soil quality is assuming the entire row is of that quality.
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If your row is of mixed qualities, average the profits. It might seem a bit non-intuitive that the per-day lists and the per-season lists differ so much; there are two chief reasons for this. The first is that multi-harvest crops become more and more profitable with subsequent harvests, while single-harvest crops have the same profitability throughout.
Secondly, some crops' growth times leave a large "remainder" - that is, the part of the season after the final harvest when there isn't time for another harvest. Blue Mist flowers are very profitable per day, but because they can take 16 days to grow in Poor soil , a large portion of the season 12 days can't be used for another harvest, decreasing its seasonal profitability.
The seeds are expensive and growth time is long, but if you're planting on the first day then no other crop even comes close to the Strawberry's profit. If you're planting in Poor soil, Potato is the next best option - the Potato growth time is not affected by soil quality, resulting in the same number of harvests regardless. It also grows very quickly. Turnips also grow very quickly, but are very un-profitable under any circumstances.
In Spring, no flowers or herbs rival any crops for profitability. The one exception is Flax, which should really never be grown for its own profit - however, Flax is very profitable when used with the yarn maker and dye pot, so keep that in mind if you have those tools. It's also an ingredient in the rucksack upgrades. For end-of-the-season planting, Cabbage carries the highest profit per day, followed by Strawberries again if you have the time to grow it. This measurement is given in profit per bag per day, which means that planting one bag of Strawberries in Good soil is more profitable than planting Potatoes, even though twice as many harvests of Potatoes can be had in the same time as the first Strawberry harvest.
Strawberries are still more profitable than Potatoes per day. If you're planting in Poor soil, however, Potato is your best option pretty much no matter what. Cabbage is better as long as you're in Decent or Good soil. Remember that the Per-Bag listing is assuming that only one harvest of multi-harvest crops can be had during the season. If more can be had, check the crop's listing in the sections above for an estimate of how much more money the crop can make if more than one harvest is possible. So, in short, if you're planting at the beginning of the season, plant Strawberries.
If you're planting at the end of the season, plant Cabbage if it's before the 21st; otherwise, plant Potatoes. Honeydew is a close second in Decent or Good soil. Blue Herbs are an interesting summer crop. In Poor soil, they're the fourth most profitable crop for the season and the most profitable per-day. However, blue herbs' primary profitability comes in dyes. So, blue herbs are worth growing, but it's best to save them for Yarn dying. Again, flowers are never more profitable than crops for an entire season under any circumstances. For end-of-the-season planting, Honeydew are your best bet if you have the time to harvest them, and if you're in Decent or Good soil.
However, Honeydew take over a week to harvest, so if you're more pressed for time than that, it is better to go with Watermelons, which take two days less. If you're even more pressed for time, or if you're in Poor soil, go with Blue Herbs. They're more profitable per day than any other crop in Poor soil, and they're the most profitable 5-days-or-less crop in Decent or Good soil. So, in short, if you're planting at the beginning of the season, go with Cocoa - if you haven't created the first rainbow and can't get to Toucan Island for the seeds, go with Honeydew and remember to re-plant on harvest day.
And if you're planting at the end of the season, plant Honeydew if you have a week or more, but otherwise Blue Herb is typically the best option. They're ranked first in Decent or Good soil, and come in at a virtual tie for first in Poor soil. Bell Peppers are their rival for profitability in Poor soil, but aren't initially available. Pumpkins and Rice - are fairly profitable in Good soil, ranking 4th and 5th, but see their profitability plummet in poorer soil, down to only 10th and 11th in Poor soil.