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I have a fairly large garden with all types of vegetables. I do have sprinklers, but harvesting gets boring quickly. Will a Butler or a Simbot or some other NPC do my gardening for me?

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Must... resist... inappropriate joke. – kotekzot Feb 28 '13 at 1:58
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I had this problem myself- visions of a beautiful healthy garden- just didnt realize I'd be in it from sun rise to sun set. Unfortunately, no, you have to tell one of your controlled sims to do the work. Sprinklers is a good 1st step, but if it's taking too long still, you might want to narrow your garden down to 1 type of each plant. Then you can make use of the 'Tend Garden' and 'Fertizile Garden' options; while your sim is still doing the work, one command applies to every plant. Gardening is serious business in The Sims- if you follow it through, which you are doing now- (good luck with the Omni, I got as far as Steak and Egg plants and rolled another town), one skill can take up all your time in the game

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There is a mod called Gardener Service that will use your home phone (not cellphone) and then a gardener (or two if you have bigger garden) will come and take care of it every day. It works with the latest patch but hasn't been uptaded for Seasons so you have to manually cancel the service when the frost kicks in and no gardening can be done. You can find it on modthesims.

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A link to the mod would make this a better answer. – kotekzot Feb 28 '13 at 1:59

If your garden is big enough, 1.add a sim as active member of household, then 2.edit his/her traits: green thumb, loves the outdoors, & perfectionist. 3.Make his/her lifetime wish to be a master gardener, 4. put him/her to work. (Tend to garden).

That is what I did. But then again, my farm/garden is on a separate lot & is HUGE, so he never finishes tending all the plants. Just went on vacation to Egypt with my main sims, so we will see if he is still gardening when we get back.. He had been for 24 hrs+ when we left, so fingers crossed...

Hope this helps. I was bummed you couldn't hire gardeners without a mod, but this way is free.

***Makes sure that you use "testingcheatsenabled true" so the needs are static. You will need this cheat activated in order to complete steps 1-3

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If you have the into the future expansion, you can create a plumbot and give it Gardening Software, which gives it maximum gardening skill and even includes an unlimited amount of the best fertilizer and will prioritize gardening over other actions.

You still have to choose which plants to plant but aside for every week or so when plants die and need to be replaced you won't have to mess with it.

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