How it All Works: Gardening in The Sims 4 including Seasons (Updated Guide for 2020)

I’ve updated and improved my Sims 4 Gardening Guide for 2020. This guide features everything a new player needs to know about one of the Sims 4’s deepest skills. It should be useful in some way to both beginners and veterans to the Sims.

Gardening has an extensive plant list, fertilizing, and evolution that may be difficult for new players to understand. This guide explains how everything works and provides helpful tips to making the most of all these features.

We go over how to finish the plant collection, make a greenhouse, and make a massive garden that flourishes whether the player owns The Sims 4 Seasons or not.

This is to replace my original gardening skill video, which was a bit out of date due to recent changes and was not up to the standard of quality I’m attempting to set for my guide videos. Let me know how it turned out, and if you see improvement in my work. It definitely helps me get better. I hope it was helpful to any newbies out there.

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  1. aranelangel on March 11, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    I just use pet poop. It’s free and seems to do the job just fine when you’re diligent enough. Of course, the key to this is to have at least two dogs, for the benefit of excess poop.

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  3. Cricket Keeling on March 11, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Is there a reason why my plants would start misting green gas, when I can’t dispose of them like other dead plants?

  4. FlyingMonkies325 on March 11, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    No Maxis didn’t forget that plants don’t grow without Seasons hehe and praise the lord they stepped up again otherwise TS4 would have absolutely nothing in the Base Game again like previous games and we’d be forced to buy the Expansions that have hardly anything in them but even with more focus on the Base Game now i still have no incentive to buy them i feel they’re back to more Sandbox Packs like how they were in TS1 and there was less stuff in TS1 too.

    TS4 is definitely inspired by TS1 and TS2 again but the Packs are for the kiddies again LOL they can enjoy the little packs if they want to but they DO need to step up on the rest of them (if there’s anything else they can do with it) but they need to make money too to keep the game going and i have a feeling this is going to be the last game and they’ll stay on it for a lot longer, the Eco Lifestyle isn’t bad i admit but… it’s just not for us older players now. I’m just starting to feel the spirit of TS1 again with them reminding EA what matters and they can’t keep going more and more realistic it’s impossible, what matters is using your imagination by pretending and getting Creative with it and the Gardening in the TS4 Base Game along with being able to Fish, create Off-Grid and Vacation Homes i’m just crying on the inside… :'( Thank You Maxis i love you… LOL.

    One of the things i love the most in TS2 is Gardening and Fishing it’s one of the things i sat down to do the longest there’s too many Crafting Benches that makes Money Making too easy but a lot of us want Challenge and i think Gardening in TS4 gives us a bit of a challenge Maxis chose well to put the challenge there.

  5. Aneesah Ajam on March 11, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    I will get a gardening skill but not make a cow plant

  6. dmaxsba on March 11, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    A side effect of this last update for me on PS4 is that my Sims are no longer happy in rooms they used to be happy in. It makes no since. Nothing has changed in the rooms at all. They just are always not happy with the surrounding.

  7. Ashley Jarrett on March 11, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    You’re cool Carl, thanks!

  8. D on March 11, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Why dont you explain in english, what to do with the seed packets? take out of inventory or you can find them in the build mode in the garden section.. what happens when you open the packet? it disappears? the next thing your gabling on about spacing out the plants? wtf come on explain will you.

  9. Linda Bound on March 11, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    For the greenhouse to function as well as when outdoors, just keep the bottom dirt instead of a floor and put a thermostat in it, keep it warm in the winter and cool in the summer and your plants will grow perfectly. Love this video, I have made many Sims very wealthy off my gardens.

  10. Alex Lambert on March 11, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    So call me stupid, but how do you use the fungal infusion fertilizer? No action pops up.

  11. Aru Miyura on March 11, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Being a spell caster with herbio and copypasta is the best gardener. Kill plants via take cutting anf revive with herbio. With that evolution is 100% after revival and repeat till perfect quality. Then copypasta the plant. Just move it via build mode.

  12. Kimberly M on March 11, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    I wish there was a "fertilize plants with best fertilizer" option like in the Sims 3. It gets so monotonous and time consuming to click to fertilize each individual plant.

  13. Mr Nobody on March 11, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    I’ve found Growfruit (not anymore) then fish are the best fertilizers.

  14. Babyface Cloud on March 11, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    I found that if you get a money tree and graft it on to other plants you can harvest them and get money fruit instead of selling it then plant those and make a garden of them making tons of money every day just have to sell the fruit

  15. Contraband42 on March 11, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Greenhouse? Pfft.

    It’s all about that basement garden.

  16. mangopy on March 11, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    Can patchy take care of a cowplant?

  17. Melani Y. on March 11, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    Poor Bob. What did he do to deserve that? Ah, marry Eliza. LOL

  18. Vito Setiawan on March 11, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Hey Carl, thanks if you noticing my comment, i have a question to ask…

    About the Fertilizer, is Rainbow and Gold dog/cat poop is a good fertilizer option? If so, how good are they?

  19. Kamelia Raicheva on March 11, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    I came here because I need to revive my baby daddy. He literally yelled "pizza!" While having s*x, got up, chocked on laughter and died.

  20. İpek Çolak on March 11, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    İf we have cats and dogs pack in game, can we use pet poops as a feritilizer? My uncle does like that in his farm😂

  21. Edgar Nello on March 11, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Ive been using the cheapest fish to fertilize thinking it didnt matter as long as it was fish.

  22. J Mid on March 11, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    You forgot that sims that are infected with the strangerville fruit they also can heal and die a plant.

  23. whatsoniasaid on March 11, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Thanks for making such a great video. I love all of your guides and this just adds to their greatness 🙂

  24. M P on March 11, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Honestly sims 4 is the best at gardening. Really they went the extra mile for it. Its one of the reasons I like sims 4.

  25. Cecile Malik on March 11, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    My seeds are not in my inventory. I bought them.

  26. Reflex_Buster 1 on March 11, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Watch that cow plant it will kill your sim if you try to eat the cake

  27. Blake Crews on March 11, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    The Sims 4: Here, have a grid showing you where your sprinklers will reach

    Also the Sims 4: Have fun guessing how far your lazy bees are willing to travel

  28. Odie B on March 11, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    I hate that the planters don’t have anything to add besides routing problems if not given enough space. You are better off planting on the grass since planters are only for aesthetic purposes.

  29. Sylvester Floyd on March 11, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    This probably sounds weird but your voice is so adorable idk. Nice vid though. Subscribed :3

  30. Odee Dillon on March 11, 2021 at 11:02 pm


  31. Emily Thorne on March 11, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    "You just straight up put a coconut in the ground" had me in tears. 🤣

  32. Jeremy Guillot on March 11, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Question: Can the sprinkler OVER water? Or can I just leave my army of sprinklers going 24/7?

  33. J H on March 11, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    I remember looking up your guides for Sims 1 on PS2 about 16 years ago! It is so nice you have a YouTube channel ☺️

  34. Sane Inthemembrane on March 11, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    where do you get the death plant and in which season please

  35. Kiera Ellis on March 11, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Why can’t I find the seeds in my inventory after I open them? I’ve had them on the ground and purchased from a pot and afterwards they just disappear

  36. Ray Izard on March 11, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    If you purposely or accidentally plant under an upper floor overhang the came will count it as sheltered, allowing you to grow in the ground year round

  37. Gacha Fire Fox on March 11, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Hmm… I just use trash fruit for fertiliser ┐( ̄> ̄)┌

  38. Melanie Jecker on March 11, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    carl’s sims always walking around topless. carl, ya

  39. Shans on March 11, 2021 at 11:15 pm


  40. Mr Nobody on March 11, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    If your plants aren’t flourishing when the seasons change, they need to be polinated by the bees.

  41. Ashtyn Moore on March 11, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    I have a large garden with mostly fruits, veggies and herbs. I have the seasons pack and the outdoor retreat. I have tree’s that refuse to move past the first evolve. It is still stuck on the normal, with the meter showing they are ready to evolve. I have put them outside in the weather. I have put them inside a green house. Nothing works to evolve them. I used fertilizer on them and then I used the Fungal infusions from the outdoor retreat trying to evolve them. Is there anything I can do or do I need to get rid of them and try again?

  42. Faytt on March 11, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    Are cow plants worth it? Do they even make ya money?

  43. Hammer Jack on March 11, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    was it just me or did this video not say anything about fertilization, or was it just not in the game when this veio was made? i came here to find out how to get fertilizer or buy it…the only thing my sim has in her inventory is trash piles or my other plants that i need to plant that i dont want to use for fertilizer

  44. Dahl R'Jay on March 11, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    Where did Bob go? 10:30
    Did that sim love her garden too much? 😢

    Edited: Nvm! 14:48

  45. Venom Alpha on March 11, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    What does the fungal infusion fertilizer actually do ? I’m only getting none disccript vague answers.

  46. Aru Miyura on March 11, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    grafting made money tree become a money forest.

  47. Nasya Howell on March 11, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    I know it is kind late but can you do a video where you can get certain plants like onions etc.

  48. Bucket Bob on March 11, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks for this gardening is one of my favorite things on the sims

  49. Saif Privato on March 11, 2021 at 11:21 pm

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  50. Mrs McMiller on March 11, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Do you have to have seasons pack for this & how do i get the money tree? Also i can’t seem to actually plant anything. I’ve got all the stuff for it but it just says purchase seeds which i already did🤷🏿

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