I heard Botany was pretty good though. But Mining was a license to print gil, and print I did.
On average I was making 500k an hour on Botanist (On a very good day it was more the million mark) most of it coming from harvesting and less so from logs/branches, I was spending most of my days just harvesting / logging (4 hours+ a day)
I enjoyed the system and even had the lag delay down to a fine art, It was second nature to know exactly where the sweetspots were if I missed the first swing. I preferred crafting / gathering than I did anything else, It was the joy of seeing a +1 item appear in the log and knowing you just made 150k easy with little to no effort.
Everything was sellable as well, it was a win win situation.