Zen Garden Farmer for Plants vs. Zombies – Get fast money from your Zen Garden!

Plants vs. Zombies is a great game. There’s lots to do, even after you beat the main game. There’s new games and puzzles to play, and things to buy. Money actually becomes a large part of the game later on, so having a good way to get money is important.

In my opinion, the Zen Garden is the easiest and most consistent way to get money if you have a decent sized garden. Purchasing Stinky the Snail makes collecting the coins and diamonds easier, but there is one critical problem: he’s narcoleptic. He’ll often take a snooze after just a couple minutes of collecting coins, meaning that you have to sit there and wake him up.

“Not fair!” I say. What if I wanted to take a nap? Can’t we take shifts? Apparently not, according to PopCap. So, I decided I needed something that would wake Stinky up, and along the way a few other features snuck in. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you… Zen Garden Farmer.

Garden Farmer works for you by taking control of the mouse and doing some of the more tedious tasks of taking care of your Zen Garden. Hopefully this video will help explain things.

So, feel like trying it out for yourself? Go ahead and grab it then! Interested in the source code? It’s shared on GitHub! http://github.com/jocull/ZenGardenFarmer

Download Garden Farmer now


Join the discussion on the Steam forums

Update: I got bored and decided to add in a Whack-a-Zombie mode. It works for Beghouled Twist too as long as you have matches available. If you run out of matches you can just take over for a second to hit the “shuffle” button, then put it back on cruise control. Video here:

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39 Responses to Zen Garden Farmer for Plants vs. Zombies – Get fast money from your Zen Garden!

  1. i wanted to use garden farmer

  2. Aleks6010 says:


  3. James says:

    Of course there was no virus 🙂

    I want to help you enjoy the game.

  4. Angela says:

    Wow. What a great little piece of software! Thank you for sparing me from carpal tunnel syndrome! 😉

  5. what a great go through.

  6. Skotavus says:

    Thanks for this piece of software, I’ve used it for quite a while and it’s seen me through two losses of save-game data and let me grow my Wisdom Tree again after each with little hassle.

    If I may ask, how did you go about coding this? I’d like to know if there’s a way I could automate the buying of maximum Tree Food and going back to the Tree of Wisdom to use all ten? (I’ve used the Water My Plants function to give my Tree Food so far, but buying multiple Foods at a time is irritatingly stop-start).

  7. gosh says:

    it works great! many thanks from Bulgaria 🙂

  8. James says:

    @Skotavus It’s written in C# using the .NET framework. You can actually get the entire source code above from the GitHub repository. Enjoy!

  9. Random says:

    I’ve beaten the game but i still dont have the zen garden, why?
    how do I get it?

  10. James says:

    I don’t think there is a Zen Garden on the version for iOS. On PC and Mac though, the web says this: “You can unlock the first Zen Garden by beating level 5-4 in Adventure Mode the first time through the game.”

  11. Random says:

    oh thanks!
    just checked and i have the iOS 4.0 version for the ipad
    that means there’s no way i can’t get the zen garden? 🙁

  12. James says:

    I don’t think so 🙁
    I think they left it out on purpose because you’re not very likely to leave the game up and feed the snail chocolate to work the garden.

  13. Random says:

    ok thanks 🙂

  14. Lokonopa says:

    This is fantastic. Thank you!

  15. Tony says:

    Thanks for your excellent program. It works like a charm, and makes my hands free to do other things.

  16. Jesoko says:

    … I don’t know why you would need this. If you give Stinky chocolate, he collects coins for a whole hour before he falls asleep. I’ve never had him fall asleep in a few minutes after I’ve given him a piece of chocolate. That’s what it’s there for, as well as to make him move faster…

  17. SEBASTIEN says:


  18. basse says:

    i forgoth i dont have a zen garden in the demo

  19. James says:

    @SEBASTIEN Not currently. It uses native Windows methods to do the clicking and mouse moving for you. I’m not sure what I would have to do to get it working on a Mac. I’ll post it here if I ever get around to it. (Or if someone makes one from my source code!)

    @Jesoko That’s alright as long as you only plan on being gone for an hour and have a stockpile of chocolate 🙂

  20. jamie says:

    Is there any way to add another zen garden instead of selling off plants for space or making more than a million dollars? thanks, jamieI

    • James says:

      Jamie – There are other styles of gardens that you can use at the same time, but I don’t think you can get more than one of the same style.

  21. me says:

    can i get the software for ipod because i have zen garden

  22. James says:

    Sorry, it only works for Windows 🙁

  23. matthew says:

    i have downloaded the farmer and it really works.!

    but i don’t know how to get any more zen garden plants. why?

  24. matthew says:

    does anyone know how to get tang kelp for the garden?.!

  25. matthew says:

    and the pumpkin,threepeater,repeater,snow pea,coffee bean,hypno shroom,scaredy shroom,squash and jalepeno

  26. matthew says:

    does anyone know?

  27. matthew says:

    woohoo pvz rules

  28. mas mancung says:

    is it true that is the code?
    i love PVZ, ^^

  29. James says:

    @Mas Mancung Yep! That’s the real code I used. Enjoy.

  30. Cameron says:

    I just used this to DOMINATE its raining seeds it was so fun seeing how randomly placed plants would kill zombies haha

  31. denholm says:

    this is realy great gust try get it to water all the shrooms

  32. liliana says:

    i want to play it again….

  33. Jacqueline Chua says:

    My Plant vs zombies version in on Android, but the lauguage is chinese and the Zen Garden I dont how how to plant seeds. There is no ‘Shop’ button in the Zen Garden. Can somone please help me?

  34. rudi says:

    thanks so much!!
    how did you create the program?

  35. Terry says:

    Is there a way to edit the program around to make a setup for Last Stand gold farming? I don’t see any problems with it, just changing around the mouse positions to fit Marigolds, Gloom-shrooms, Lily Pads and Pumpkins.

  36. Joe says:

    For your Whack-a-Zombie … do you have a version that works with Windows 7 (32 bit). Tried the current one and it does not work ??

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