vegetables - getting started
6, 2003 - by Mrs Johanna Grumblin
am a newbie myself when it comes to growing my own vegetables, so I thought
my simple experience might be of interest to those who are about to get
started. A simple step by step guide!
This is my lecture for the
SimCity Food Expo 2003, for the June theme "Food in the garden". So I will
try making it as brief as possible. If you have no access to Old Town,
this lecture might be of less interest to you.
1. Find a plot of land
The location is more important
than you might think. Remember that you will walk back and forth several
times every day. It should not be too far away from your house, just outside
the kitchen would be fine. Another location would be between your house
and the mailbox. You better start off with just a little ground, you can
expand later on.
2. Buy some soil
You need to buy the "Insta-Plot
Victory Garden" plots each §125, it's the only way to put the seeds
into the ground. You can buy it from the gardening catalogue. I've heard
that you should not expect to grow more than 4 plots of ground per sim.
Each plot will take a couple hours hard work per day. Start with few, eventually
more plots can be added later on.
3. Buy a pantry
A pantry is used for storing
your vegetables after you harvest them. It is like a refrigerator. If you
go on growing your own food you will no longer need your old refrigerator.
If you plan to sell all your crops you will not need a pantry.
4. Buy some seeds
The seeds can be bought
in Old Town, only. It is smart to buy several packets with seeds because
they are cheap and you will keep them in your inventory until you need
5. Put those seeds into
Remember to water twice
per plot. You should know that tomatoes and beans might cause some less
work because you will not need to replant them as often as carrots and
lettuce. Various vegetables pays off differently, you must figure by yourself
what you want to grow.
6. Weed & water
You should weed as much
as possible, if you ignore this totally, the plants might die. It's smart
to weed before you water. It is possible to harvest without weeding first.
The seeds might need more
than a day to grow. Remember to check at least twice a day if they need
water. They will need 2-3 days until you can harvest. You will know by
instinct when it's due.
Remember that if you harvest
a lot you will need to sell all of it or store all of it, the amount in
your inventory can not be split. Therefore it's smart to harvest and store
a few vegetables before you harvest the rest.
8. Sell the crops
Vegetables can be sold to
Farmer Bob in specific locations in Old Town, or you can store them in
Even if you water and weed
properly, your work can be ruined by pests. The best way to keep pests
out of your way is to make a cat hunt them.