Most lucrative vegetables for Simoleans
I did the math. I made a whole chart showing how much you make for planting each veggie, NET, per hour. Wish I could post it here but the format doesn't work.
Of course you pay less for seeds at the grocery store. And your Sims make significantly more money when inspired - try to make sure your Sims are inspired before starting their gardening, always.
Peppers and Carrots make you most money per hour, but are labor-intensive. But good when you need some quick cash. Peppers nets an inspired Sim $480 an hour.
Corn is the next most lucrative veggie, netting an inspired Sim $276 an hour. But still pretty labor-intensive. What about when you need a few hours?
Well then, Lettuce, Watermelons, Potatoes and Zucchini are all reasonable choices. The shorter crops get you more money, but not if you don't make it back soon after they finish to start them again... So pick crops that match your timeframe.
Overnight? Garlic, Onions and Beans are all reasonable, with Garlic being the winner in profits. Eggplant is NOT profitable in comparison.
Losers to stay away from? Strawberries are the worst crop in terms of Simoleans, netting you a mere $2.33 per hour! Tomatoes and Pumpkins are also terrible choices. Eggplant and Spinach are bad buys as well. As long as you stay away from these things, you can be pretty profitable if you match your planting time with time away from the game.
One last tip. My boyfriend makes the mistake of planting onions in the afternoon and they finish in the middle of the night. Then in the morning, his Sims are all depleted and need taking care of again. If you get back to your Sims fairly promptly after planting, though, they should still be inspired through several planting cycles.
Added by: Guest Feb 14th 2012, ID#570