A lot of people get “stuck” for the first time at year 3 or 4. You need to adjust your strategy maybe.
Day 1: Explore. Plant and fertilize a 2x2 crop (and maybe a couple of singletons if need be) so you can afford a weapon in town. Go west, first. Best normal crop is the prickly, because it requires the least watering.
Buy weapon upgrade in town unless you got choice if butcher knife/squirrel, then maybe don’t.
Day 2: finish exploring west then try to get a few camps cleared east. Try to plant enough crops for a weapon + an upgrade. this will require over 150 cashews. If you can do more, great. You need 650 to max the seasonal rewards.
Day 3: finish exploring east, kill boss.
As you get better at the game, you’ll find that pattern starts to come more easily. Oh, sure, you’ll have bad runs here and there (sometimes I can’t help but run straight into bullets). The goal should be E/W cleared by the end of Spring, and maxing the seasonal rewards.
To facilitate this, consider strategic sunflower usage. If you haven’t figured it out: They r equire 50 fertilizer once planted, and planting them 2x2 is much better (they auto merge, and the biggie still takes 50). But they reward 250 cashews (the bigone does 1500, iirc).
Otherwise, try to pattern thusly:
Day 1 morning, if you have the 4 potato seeds to start, till a 2x2 square and plant them. Otherwise run off west and explore. Try to give yourself some time to get back and plant. Prioritize roses (2x2, don’t plant if you don’t have 4), whatever you can do 2x2, then anything else. It generally requires like 12-16 fertilizer to do most tier 1 crops iirc. Don’t overplant. Plant what you need to get weapon upgrades. Ignore the sunflower merchant. When you get more comfortable with the game, he can be a big help.
Successively mornings, do one or two 2x2 plantings (if possible) then go explore. Don’t try to full plant.
That is very good advice.