Gardening is one of the deepest skills in The SIms 4.
Because it's a somewhat hands-off skill in nature, it becomes a hobby of many players'
This is an in-depth guide, so I'm going to start with the basics and gradually move on
to more advanced topics and teach you how to make perfect plants.
Before we begin, I want to point out that Gardening is a mental skill.
It means that Sims who are focused will get a 20% skill gain boost, more if they can get
to very focused.
This isn't necessary early on, but it can greatly speed things up in the higher levels.
You can purchase seed packets in buy mode's outdoor tab under outdoor activities.
Hold shift while you're placing them to do several at once.
It doesn't matter how you place these, but they'll be easier to open if you put them
Placement matters on the next part.
I am starting a big garden here, so you can get by with far less seed packets.
When you're done, just click them and open them one by one and they'll go to your Sim's
We'll see the inventory in a moment, but I want to make a note here.
For players with the Seasons expansion, season matters a lot as to whether or not plants
will grow and evolve.
Most plants are dormant at least a couple seasons a year.
Hover over the produce in your inventory to see the effective seasons.
Players without Seasons will find their plants grow and evolve at all times.
This is the main difference the expansion makes, though Seasons players also get a couple
extra objects like sprinklers and the Bee Box.
To make a garden full of life, I'm planting only plants that grow in spring.
To make it worth my while, Seasons are set to four weeks.
Produce is planted by dragging from your inventory to the ground.
Leave a single space between each plant to give them room to grow and provide your Sim
standing room, otherwise when they're planted they will be spread out in a chaotic way.
Despite the seed packets name, produce are the seeds.
When you're done putting them all where they should be planted, instruct your Sim to begin
They may need a bathroom break if you make the garden too big.
Your Sim will handle everything automatically and if spacing is correct, everything will
be planted exactly where you told them to be.
When our garden's ready, everything will need some water.
Not immediately though, they don't dry out for a while but this is one of the three things
you must take care of regularly for a healthy garden.
It's good to do the first day to make sure that there's no stalling growth.
Plants have 'health' so to speak and it begins to drop when conditions are bad such as with
Whether you intend to complete it or not, you should switch to the Freelance Botanist
Aspiration when you plant a big garden.
You'll get a lot of free Aspiration points and there's really nothing to lose.
Rain does water plants in Seasons and in this case a rain came along and finished watering
the garden for my Sim who was about to water the garden herself.
As you can see, when plants are in season they grow quickly.
If you don't get produce by 5AM, you're getting nothing that day.
The same goes for weeds and bugs though, so 5AM is the magic time that all produce and
There are multiple types of sell orders when you interact with your plants.
"Sell all" will have the Sim go around selling everything, where as "Sell carrots" would
only sell the carrots on that specific plant.
The same goes for harvest.
You can grab what's available on the plant and put it in your inventory, or go around
picking it all up.
In many cases, you're better off not "looting" and instead selling straight from the vine.
This is a newer feature introduced with the gardening overhaul.
Like me, you probably will not have much work the first morning after planting your garden.
Things get a little better on the second day.
So, what can we do when there isn't much work and we ant to gain Gardening XP?
Well, we could read a skill book but we'd be better off using "Research".
Research individual types of plants - there's no limit to how many times you can do it,
although there is a benefit to try to do it to a variety of plants.
When plants have been researched, click your phone then at the top find the notebook button.
This brings up a special notepad that tells you about the various plants.
It gives you their description, season, as well as any grafting combos that involve that
This example isn't that useful, but when you're researching less common plants like cherries
and snapdragons, you'll learn of pretty useful combinations that can make it easier to finish
the plant list.
Moreover, the rarer plants are generally worth more and some of them are quite attainable
and make fantastic fertilizer as good as anything else in the game.
Something I highly recommend you do early as a gardener, is at least go about your own
neighborhood and see if you can find any uncommon plants that weren't in seed packets you bought.
This can save you some money though it'll be much easier to afford seed packets later.
Plants like snapdragons, strawberries, and roses make better fertilizer than nothing
and you can of course plant them to get an unlimited supply.
Along with watering your garden, you've also got to protect it against the two largest
Weeds will pop up and, while they're easy to spot they can drop your plant's health
rapidly by taking nutrients from them.
The "Weed all" command will stop them, and it's great because your Sim will automatically
scan for more weeds.
Like watering, it gains an area of effect ability when you level up gardening.
This lets you deal with a much larger garden, as each action by the Sim may effect two or
In these cases, it only helps with water and weeds within one square of your target.
They need to be bunched up to be affected by it.
Threat #2 and the nastiest thing to assail a garden are certainly insects.
For one, they can be hard to spot and if you skip a day or two you can find your garden
They also take about 10x longer to fix than weeds.
Insects seem to hurt plants much more than weeds do, and can absolutely kill them.
You cannot revive a plant until you've mastered gardening.
The best thing to do is to do a visual inspection every day around 7am when the sunlight will
help you spot the black menace.
Insects are worst in spring and don't seem to come out in winter very much at all.
In the base game, they're present always.
Next up, let's talk plant quality level.
Plants have five quality levels as can be seen when you hover over them.
They go all the way through excellent, to magnificent, and perfect.
Perfect plants are worth substantially more and do more when used in cooking recipes.
Plants that are healthy always seem to be marching a little toward evolution, or so
When a plant has gained enough experience and is ready to evolve, you just click it
Your Sim does not have to be involved in this process at all.
Being unhealthy can reduce their quality.
You can speed up plant evolution in a couple ways if you have Seasons.
All players have access to fertilizer, but Seasons players get the Bee Box, too.
So let's talk fertilizer first.
You can use plants or fish to fertilize your garden.
When you apply it, it will give the plant experience instantly toward the next quality
You can't fertilize again for several days.
I need to redo my fertilizer video for a mistake I'll apologize for and explain later.
I'm sorry to my viewers for this.
I won't stuff this video up with the explanation, but all you need to know is to aim for at
least $22 Simoleons for your first fertilizer.
Find anything plant or un-rotten fish worth that amount.
Even better, the next level up is $50 Simoleons.
Beyond that, there is no further benefit.
You are wasting if you throw a $1,000 Simoleon fish in as fertilizer and that frustrates
So, what I'm doing here is I just picked roses worth $29 Simoleons, I'm in a new game so
I don't have access to great plants.
I'm going to fertilize the rose bushes with the very roses I just picked.
I'm going to repeat this a few times over the next couple weeks.
They'll be worth $50 and I'm set on fertilizer.
But, it kind of nerfed fishing and made it pointless to seek fertilizer in that way.
I owe someone credit for bringing this to my attention, but don't want to say their
real name and their username is unpronounceable.
And now for the Seasons-only Bee Box, which is also found in outdoor activities.
This thing is a money-maker but you've got to interact with it regularly and keep the
bees healthy and happy or they'll attack you when you're in the surrounding area, which
is your garden while you're working.
Check my beekeeping video for details on all that it does.
In this guide, we're only interested in its passive fertilizer effect.
Having bees is good for plants and anything within 5 large build mode squares will get
this passive effect.
It provides some XP toward evolution every now and then.
It's great for large gardens, where you can just let it go and focus your fertilizing
efforts on only your best plants.
To be clear, the effect does stack with fertilizer.
Anything inside of this diamond would be impacted by the Bee Box.
So, you can sort of lay these out and do a huge garden with only three or four of them.
Now let's talk about grafting, a level 5 gardening ability.
Grafting is a means of combining two plants.
Take cutting from one, graft it to another in hopes of getting a rare spawn from the
In this example, I am taking cutting from strawberry plants to graft to snapdragon in
hopes of getting dragonfruit.
Because of a bug present at the time of recording, I am taking cutting only one at a time as
the game will use all cuttings on one graft, and the rest just disappear.
Until it's fixed, patiently go back and forth and do not take cutting more than once per
day for risk of killing a plant.
Only bother to graft once to each target if you're going for a rare or uncommon spawn.
Otherwise, you can graft multiple types to one plant and get them all to spawn, just
not every day and based upon rarity which we'll discuss now.
This used to be all but guaranteed, but now it's quite challenging to get rares this way
and relies heavily on luck.
You only need to loot one so you can grow your own, but your odds of getting that one
The odds of an uncommon spawning are 1 in 6.
The odds of a rare are more like 1 in 600.
Since six produce spawn each day on a plant you have around a 1% chance per plant per
day to get the rare you want.
You can improve your odds by having more host plants.
The little three I have here is nothing.
I need more like 10 to give myself a better chance.
If you go to use something like super sell, take a look at the list of what you'll be
selling so that you don't accidentally sell a rare spawn.
Since the snapdragons will continue to spawn, even though I'm not getting the rare, I can
plant more of them and continue to graft an extra strawberry off of every bush I have
It will eventually yield the dragonfruit I'm looking for although you can catch them fishing
- this is just an example.
By level 10, money-making should not be a problem for you.
Some of your plants should be mid-range and with the super sell ability you can walk to
the middle of your garden and sell a massive chunk with one action.
This gives you a lot more free time.
Consider taking on the gardener career if you have Seasons.
You can work from home, and for that reason it's a high-end money maker.
Overall, stay on top of your garden, watch for opportunities to fertilize around every
Use 'Tend Garden' to ensure everything is done and secure a good fertilizer early to
make the process smooth.
As I mentioned, you can purchase uncommon and rare seed packets.
These trivialize finishing the plant list if you don't mind to throw money at it, but
if you're missing one specific thing they can be somewhat frustrating.
Rare packets are $1,000 each.
I recommend at least trying grafting, though if you find some of the plants frustrating
to acquire - go for it.
A plant list is inappropriate for this video, there are a few dozen of them.
I'll link to my main plant list in the description.
You can also find all of the grafting combos there.
Something I didn't mention is the cow plant, which can drain Sims of their essence to give
your Sims one very selfish drink.
Bonsai trees can be cut to gain gardening XP.
I -- I've covered the majority of gardening topics here.
I feel like the last thing people seeing this for the first time might ask is how to make
You only 'kind of' make a greenhouse, though it does function as one.
What we do is make a structure with a roof, now we select the roof decoration button and
pick glass as the type of roof.
This is the least confusing part.
I wondered where the glass walls were but the answer is windows.
You use the game's various oversized windows to produce a greenhouse look.
Finally, the various planters can be used to keep your plants indoors.
They're found under outdoor activities as well.
When plants are sheltered, they do not evolve as fast but can put out year round.
It's not super useful if you want to make gobs of money at gardening, but it's great
for keeping ingredients year-round.
That's it for this crazy long video.
I think I shaved three minutes off the previous version.
I had to redo this.
It's my 23rd video, and I do know a little bit more than I did on my 2nd.
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