For the Best Gardeners in the Cardiff Area

   Nov 29

Your Questions About Gardening

George asks…

How should I separate my small garden from my grass?

No experience with gardening!! I just bought a house with a small (4′ x 3′) garden in the backyard. Right now the garden is empty but I hope to get some flowers & bushes in soon. Do I need to separate the garden from the surrounding grass with some sort of barrier so they don’t grow into each other? Or will the roots of the plants keep each other from overgrowing? Secondly, I am looking for a hardy ground-covering type plant that grows with minimal care and perhaps has some nice flowers. Any suggestions?

GardenersCardiff answers:

If it was me I’d want to put in a barrier to prevent the grass from constantly encroaching on the garden. The ditch and landscape timbers can work, but more effective barriers would be:

1) tear off the sod around the garden spot (about a foot width) and a little deeper than just the sod. Then line with plastic (heavy duty plastic garbage bags work just fine, make sure to do a good job of overlapping the plastic. Then fill with rock…I find that works really well for many years

2) find a good edging… Find something that will go down into the ground about 8inches. Don’t get the 4″ stuff…it’s just not enough. Find any kind of edging or material that will let you put a wall down into the ground about 8″ and that should prevent things from going into your garden.

As another poster said, 4′ x 3′ is a very small garden…you will not be able to do much with it. Most plants get big fast! :)

Have fun!

Jenny asks…

How do I grow lettuce in my garden? Are there lettuce seeds?

I know absolutely nothing about gardening, but since the weather’s so nice, I would like to take this opportunity to grow some things.

GardenersCardiff answers:

Hi there,

Well I hope it was lettuce seeds that I planted yesterday! Yes you can get all types of lettuce seeds from garden centres, supermarkets, on line etc. Rake the ground so that the soil is very fine, water it well and then sprinkle the seed on top. Cover with a little more soil and in no time at all, you will have homegrown lettuce. Personally I do them in tubs, pots and trays and prefer to use compost instead of soil. Keep them well watered other wise they will run to seed quite quickly.

Hope this helps, good luck and happy gardening :-)

Donald asks…

How do you do Gardening in the Sims 3?

Hey, I have the Sims 3 and I really wanted to do some gardening in the Sims 3, but I don’t know how. I don’t want to go to the science lab all the time as I would like to do it in my own garden, but I don’t know how to plant seeds or garden at all. Do I need to buy seeds or something, then plant it in the garden? Please help me, I’m really stuck.

GardenersCardiff answers:

Gardening is a very useful skill to master in Sims 3. Not only will you make quality produce leading to quality meals leading to higher mood buffs but you can also sell your produce and turn into a pro-gardener, making heaps of money with high-quality produce.

You cannot buy seeds, you can only find them across the town, sometimes in community lots and sometimes in the wilderness. They are very small and inconspicuous, but the Collector Helper (a lifetime reward) can screen them on your map and collecting them becomes a cakewalk. You should only find seeds of special quality like this, as they cannot be purchased anywhere. These include the Death Flower, the Life Fruit, Flame Fruit and the Money Tree. As for normal produce like: Lime, Apples, Lettuce, Tomatoes and so on, you don’t necessarily need pure seeds. You can just use the harvestables themselves, and plant them.
Harvestables are graded in several levels and your gardening skills need to be on par with those levels to plant certain veggies or fruits. If your sim has no skill at gardening whatsoever they can plant common harvestables: Apple Tree, Grapes, Lettuce and Tommato. To do this, buy any of these from the Groccery store and head home. You can only plant on your own lot. Open the inventory and click on the veggies and select plant. Choose your spot on the terrain and plant away.
To improve your Gardening Skill, buy a book about gardening, tune in to the Gardening TV channel or just garden. At level 5 of this skill you can start planting uncommon harvestables (i’ll let you find out which they are as you play) and at level 7 you start planting the special harvies. Thru a series of 3 opportunities, the chefs at the diner and bistro will give you the possibility to plant eggs, steaks, cheese and patties. Imagine that. But the phone for those opportunities will ring only when you’ve reached level 7 Gardening.

Additional info:

Fertilizing is an option you’ll have with a plant once you’ve reached level 3 gardening. This expedites the plants growth depending on what you use as a fertilizer. Life Fruits, Angelfish, Vampire Fish, Sharks, Lobsters and Garlic are the best as these have the greatest effect over the longest time. Other produce and fish can also be used for less effective results.

Having the Super-Green Thumb lifetime reward is a great asset for gardening. The plant you plant, will be one level better than the seed used to plant it. This means that you can start with a Nice Quality (2) harvy, plant it, make the plant of Very Nice Quality (3), and with good care it’s produce will be Great Quality (4). Then plant that produce and have an Excellent Quality (5) plant that will yield Outstanding Quality (6) harvies. Takes time, but the better the quality, the better the meal made with them tastes and the higher their price for sale.

That about rounds up the basics in gardening.

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