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The Sims 3 Gardening How To

Gardening Classes, Planting, Caring for and Watering Plants

How to GardenFind SeedsFertilizer
Plant QualityPlant ListOmni Plant, Steaks, and more

This Sims 3 Guide was originally written for the PC and Mac versions of the game, but also will help owners of the console versions - PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii. Please remember some info or numbers may have changed.

The most practical way to get started gardening in The Sims 3
In order to make a garden, you'll need a source of seeds. This can be achieved in several ways. First, all produce can be planted in the ground. That means you can go to the supermarket and buy vegetables to plant in the garden. So any produce available in the supermarket can be planted, and you can grow them as seeds with the gardening skill. Simple enough? This is the simplest way to get almost all the plants in the Sims 3. Later, you can even learn how to plant cheese, eggs, and even steak on your way to making omni plants, flame fruit bushes, death flowers and money trees.

Other ways to get your first gardening seeds
Secondly, you can find seeds in the park and other locations in the Sims 3. The seeds can be hard to spot, but if you look closely on the ground in a location like the Park, you'll see seeds you can pick up. Most seeds will be unknown to you at first. so planting them will be a surprise.

Another way to find seeds is to head out into the world and look for wild plants. Similar to finding seeds, you may be able to harvest multiple high quality produce to plant in your garden, and get it off to a great start. Picking the fruits and vegetables from these plants can yield high quality plantable crops. You can find all but the most special plants out in the world. Look for an omni plant by the science facility, which can be used to duplicate items. There is a flame fruit bush in Gobias Koffi's garden in Sunset Valley. If you find one in Riverview, contact me.

You can find seeds all over town in the Sims 3, but not all spots are as good as the graveyard!You will also earn some free seeds by studying a book on gardening. This route is useful, but not necessary as you'll find that the gardening skill rises very rapidly if your Sim pursues it as a full time job. Oh yes, Gardening in the Sims 3 can be a full time job, and a very rewarding one at that!

How to Learn Gardening
Sims can learn the gardening skill for the first time using several methods. The first and most obvious method is to plant your Sim's first crops (read on to learn how). Additionally, Sims can go to the library or bookstore to read or buy gardening books. There are three levels. The first book covers up to level 3. At level 4-6 you'll need volume 2, the last gardening levels are all covered by the final volume. Your Sim can also take a gardening class, at the science lab in either town. They can be costly, sometimes costing as much as $400 simoleons, but they usually will raise gardening an entire level.

Green Thumbs will start with a free copy of gardening volume 1. Another advanced way to learn gardening is to have another Sim tutor your Sim. This usually must be done by you, as the AI won't offer to do it, but is a cool way to pass on your Sim's skills to others in their family.

How to Plant a Seed
When you learn to garden properly in the sims 3, you can make farms that make this one look tinyTo plant a seed, fruit or vegetable in the ground, go to the inventory tab and select the seed. If you have multiple items, you can use plant many to place multiple plants. Click the arrow at the top left corner of any stack of seeds or produce for an easy way to select only the best quality seeds. This is a useful interface option to use if you want to soon start work on a Perfect Garden.

Setting up the Garden
Planting seeds in Double rows work very well as your Sim can work two rows at a time as they move down the lines of plants later. When your seeds are planted, be sure to use the tend garden action to make your sim work in the garden and do whatever is appropriate for each plant. They will pull weeds, water plants and later harvest fruits and vegetables. The tend garden action is a gardener's best friend. Can you imagine manually clicking to pull 50 weeds, or harvest a hundred plants?

How to Water Plants
To water a plant, click the plant after the seed has been planted. Almost all plants will require water the first day. If the option to water them isn't available, they don't need water. You will commonly see this happen when a seed hasn't sprouted yet, and had water the previous day. They just don't always need water early on. Once your garden has sprinklers upgraded by handiness, you'll never need to worry about watering them again.

Further Care
If your Sim is a green thumb, they can boost the quality of the harvested plants by talking to them. You should also read up on fertilizer and its effects.

How to GardenFind SeedsFertilizer
Plant QualityPlant ListOmni Plant, Steaks, and more
The Sims 3 Skills
Advanced TechAlchemyAthleticBot MakingCharismaCollectingConsignment
Laser RhythmLogicMartial ArtsMixologyNectar MakingPaintingPhotography
RidingScienceScuba DivingSculptingSocial NetworkingStreet ArtWriting

Comments (11)

Frustrated simmer says...
Argh! Very frustrated with my Sims 3 right now. My character is a green thumb, and it's lifetime happiness is to have the *Perfect Garden* or something to that extent. Although I am a green thumb, I did not receive any books on gardening in my inventory. I went to the library, and cannot find any books on gardening, I have bought produce but the option to plant is greyed out. I've spend the past three days trying to figure out HOW to garden! You would think being a vegetarian green thumb sim it would be a little easier to figure out how to plant something! =(
What about the science building does it offer the gardening class?  Also make sure to be trying with the right fruits and veggies.  As a beginning you should be able to do apples, grapes and lettuce at least.
24th July 2013 8:06pm
Wade says...
I would caution against just using "Tend Garden" all of the time. To save some time, especially when weeds are plentiful, choose "Harvest" and let your Sim finish that task. Then go into Buy Mode and "sell" all Barren plants (some of them will likely have weeds attached). This way you avoid weeding plants that won't need it after a harvest. Then you can select "Weed Plant", which will weed all plants in the garden.
1st February 2013 4:05pm
Jodi says...
I agree with Wade, I found out the hard way!
14th July 2014 12:54pm
Teagan says...
Mine always says put away when I click on it.
7th September 2013 4:06pm
Katt says...
You missed the method for obtaining seeds that I most frequently use: snagging fruits and veggies out of the refrigerator. Your first fridge comes stocked with some basic foodstuffs, enough that planting them will get you that first level of gardening that provides seeds. Also, alchemy provides some free seeds at the first level as well.
16th May 2014 6:21pm
Holz says...
In my game, my person is a fairy and wants to enter the gardening compertiton but it says that she needs to take a plant in with her but I don't know how to pick up a plant
3rd February 2013 5:17am
DaedreemnSim says...
That's exactly the same question as I'm searching for an answer to. Can't put plants in the family inventory, or in the sims inventory... Hope you get an answer!
21st March 2013 11:38pm
jennie says...
My son and I are trying to learn sims 3 for xbox 360 and his character has a green thumb 3 skill level, and seeds in inventory but when we click on ghe seed the only option is to put them away. How do we start a garden?
9th September 2013 7:10pm
Clayton says...
You should be able to do apples grapes and lettuce right from the start. Go into buy and build mode and hit X to go into catalog and then household inventory and place the seeds through there!
9th September 2013 8:38pm
miola says...
I still didn't know
31st December 2013 3:22am
Krilly says...
Hey guys. I am having the biggest problem with planting ANYTHING! I know exactly what I'm supposed to do to plant things but once they are on the ground and I try to select them, they won't even highlight and I can't select ANY options :/ has anyone else had this happen? And if so, did you find a way around this? Thanks! :)
23rd May 2014 1:38am
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