But what if you want to breed the Bee? You need an actual ore block to place the Apiary down onI asked about it before and TPL said that the recipe to make the fertilizer with saltpeter(i think? i forget which one it is) was good enough for him.
It's actually a pretty simple set up. I'm so nice I even made you a diagramWhere are you putting the water? I can imagine a similar layer behind with water source blocks instead of hydroangeas, but they wouldn't be self-replenishing if they were in that sort of chequerboard pattern, and you'd wash the hydroangeas away if they weren't in a chequerboard pattern.
At the moment, I'm building up something similar, which is a chequerboard pattern from above, of hyroangeas, water and dirt. Each of them is a vertical column, where I use floating hydroangeas so that I can have them every layer. The water is then self-replenishing because there are blocks at the ends of the column. I can post a pic when I've got the first layer done.
EDIT: Ugh, I never realised that water source blocks are only created if there are two source blocks on the same horizontal plane - I always assumed it was two blocks in any direction. I suppose I've never needed to know before until I was playing with hydroangeas.
I suppose I'll go with the arrangement described at http://www.reddit.com/r/TestPackPleaseIgnore/comments/24hb23/good_botania_managen_setup/ instead. I'd still like to know how yours works though.
What I do when I start a new world is build this in the ground, then above it in a 9x9 pattern I place dayblooms and nightshades centered around the mana pool (They'll all be in reach of the buried spreader that is pointing upwards).
I've literally never had to build any other type of mana gen in Botania than this setup.Early game you can just place a spreader above the pool and fire it off at a distributor that goes into more pools for storage, later game you can just use sparks.
I may be biased but I think this is a pretty good setup. All you need is a shovel and a bucket to get this going and it's super easy on the resources compared to other arrangements using floating flowers.
EDIT: Made the picture a little clearer