Farming: Collecting rewards vs not collecting rewards

So, i’ve never done the LPing and Farming before, except for the last few months on minswap and muesli.

I’ve been collecting farming rewards and then providing that as liquidity, and then weeks later, i start again.

Do i need to farm, to use my rewards as liquidity, or do the rewards get added to the pool, thus they are already providing liquidity and then the protocol keeps track of it and my future rewards based on initial liquidity and un-farmed rewards?