Less work? Y traps decent production and easy. If you have 12 planters of Y traps no green effect, harvest all y planets with ano pallets(each stack of 10 is 1 pallet. In 15 mins will give 14-15 crystals. Leaving you a few more stacks in gacha. Every 12-15 mins y plant are to be harvest again.
When raising a baby gacha, fill their inventory with stacks rare mushrooms. They don't prefer them over other foods, but they will eat them if they have to and each mushroom regains alot of food. This will keep them from starving. This is really easy on aberration. They will still drain your berry troughs, but this will give you peace of mind when you've got other things to do. "UP" if this helps at all.