when i first started playing Seasons, i started coming up with a list of “must have” hacks. fortunately, a lot of other Simmers were wanting these hacks, too, so they were slowly popping up everywhere. then there was a bit of a break in the middle (i think people were still engrossed in this EP). then recently, a whole new crop of mods came out. i wanted to link to my existing request list here so you can see if you’ve missed anything (or have been looking for something and haven’t found it yet).
in this post, i’m carrying over part of my list that haven’t been fulfilled yet. maybe i can get some more of these to come to true.
* i would like the ability to grow a garden on a foundation. people who don’t have the luxury of a yard make do with balconies or patios to house their gardens… why can’t our Sims?
this will probably take some time to code as well… unless there are “ploppable” garden plots… because right now, they’re placed in the ground much like you build a foundation.
[update 4/24] mike_1102 finally made my wish come true! now you can buy them from the buy mode catalog and you can basically put them anywhere! woohoo! also, mike_1102 has an alternate mod where you will get more extra harvest if you fertilize these plots. i already have Monique’s mod that doubles my harvest so that’s already plenty for me.
i tested it with terracotta pots. i have some from Windkeeper and i put them on top of the 2 tomato plants i grew. they look so cute in the pots, but when i directed my Sim to harvest them, the action kept dropping out of her queue. i know it’s because of those pots, but i guess we’ll need some kind of decorative pots that won’t block the Sim from harvesting. without the pots, my Sim was able to harvest with no problems. looks odd to see plants growing on a wooden deck, but hey, it works! and i’m a happy camper!
* plant for free!
if you’ve already harvested fruits & veggies once, you should be able to get seeds from them and not have to keep buying seeds!
[update 4/28] another fabulous garden hack from mike_1102 over here. download the “noreplantafterharvest” if you want to compost and plant something else. download the “noreplantafterharvest&dispose” if you have to dispose your dead plants and don’t want to replant. i’m using the “noreplantafterharvest” along with TwoJeffs’ “perfect gardens” mod. if you use the “dispose” one, you’ll have to use “moveobjects on” to delete the plant so you can replant.
* no more fishing for boot fears. my poor sim has already caught a dozen of them. (at least you can sell them for $15 each!)
even with a gold badge in fishing, they may still fish a boot. on a residential pond, why would you be fishing boots anyway? i can see it happen on a pond at a commercial lot, but not home lots.
* winter be the only season where the ponds freeze over
i thought i read somewhere that ponds won’t freeze during the Winter… but it does when it reaches a certain temperature… even in the Spring. as long as you can cut a hole through the ice, you should be able to fish whenever.
* raking leaves in the fall should gain points towards getting a garden badge and should gain body points or make a person more fit (not fat)… the Prima Guide says it does, but i have not seen the garden badge icon show up above their heads… i think it does add to the cleaning skill
gardening or cleaning up your lawn takes a toll on your body. it should make your energy go down, but i think you should gain body skill, cleaning skill, and points towards a garden badge.
* no more getting hit by lightning wants/fears
even though getting hit by lightning fulfilled one of SimDaysies’ wants, why would anyone want to wish to get hit by lightning? i think that’s one of the most retarded wants ever.
* stop fishing/gardening when it’s time to go to school/work
when i left my Sim alone, i thought he would be smart enough to quit fishing when it was time to go to work, but i should never assume… he accidentally used up one of his vacation days instead and missed work.
[update 5/3] i thought i already had Monique’s mod in my game, but i didn’t. so when my Sim missed work because he was fishing, that was entirely my fault. now i have a safeguard after finding Monique’s mod again.
* harvest all
just click on a plant or tree, select “harvest all” and it’ll harvest every single plant or tree that can be harvested on the lot.
[update 5/3] i hinted to Mike_1102 about this hack. we’ll see if he is able to work it out. *crosses fingers*
* gardening should gain fitness and body skill
[update 5/3] Syberspunk is released a test version of this mod here and i’m testing it. (i personally requested this and i’m so glad he decided to take up on my offer!)