For several reasons, it is my opinion that these 5 basic and critical components should be made into renewable resources.
For dirt, we can use the composter. Instead of receiving bone meal, which isn't what you obtain by composting irl, the player would receive either dirt directly, or compost/fertilizer. The compost/fertilizer would act like bone meal in every way, except that it could be combined with gravel/sand to make dirt.
Clay could be combined with water, dirt, and sand in order to receive either the block or the individual clay component.
Gravel can be ground down from cobblestone (which can also be ground from stone) and sand can be ground from gravel, using a special grinding station (separate from the grindstone of course).
Lastly, lava can be created from stone/cobble using a special furnace (maybe call it a crucible) that would heat those items to extreme temperatures. The lava would either be directly placed in a bucket via the interface, or the player can click on the station with a bucket to obtain the lava.
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