2-4
10+
20-40 min

76 cards

4 task sheets

Game rules

From time to time, you just want to get away from the city, travel to your village, and once there in the fresh air with a spade and rake in hand, cultivate your piece of land. You want to plant in your garden seeds of various crops, then sit on the terrace and sip tea, waiting for the watered and fertilized earth to give birth to mountains of beets and carrots, cabbages and strawberries, cucumbers and turnips, tomatoes and zucchini. But alas, you have too many urgent things to do in the city and cultivating a garden is both time-consuming and physically hard, so all of your dreams remain mere dreams...

Kitchen Garden lets you fulfill these dreams of gardening without getting soil under your fingernails. Each player receives a task card at the start of the game that depicts four garden beds and the specific number of four types of plants that the owner of the task card must plant. What's more, the task card indicates whether a garden bed must include two or three cards. Each player starts with a hand of four cards – with the deck containing plant cards of four types (with 1-3 plants per card) and the action cards Weed, Worker and sluggard – and one of each special card: Bazaar, Crow and Holiday. Six cards start face up in the market.

At the beginning of the game each player receives a task sheet with his garden, on it you can see the type and quantity of plants that need to be planted on it. The first person to complete their task wins the game. The players then receive a set of three special cards: “Crow”, “Bazaar” and “Holiday”. The spare task sheets and special cards are placed back in the game box. The playing deck is shuffled and each player receives four cards, another six cards are placed in the market at the center of the table. The last person that did some gardening gets to go first.

During his turn, a player can perform one action which usually consists of drawing a card to your hand or playing a card from your hand. There are two ways to take a card: draw a face down card from the deck or a face up card from the market – with the later you’ll need to place a card from your hand in exchange for the one from the market. The main way to play a card is to plant it on a bed, in other words, place a plant card next to the task card. The played card needs to be of the correct type (strawberries don’t grow on cabbage beds) and will need to be of the correct quantity. For example you need to plant five strawberry bushes using only two cards, you won’t be able to play a card with one strawberry on it since there are no cards with four strawberries; and you won’t be able to play two more cards with two strawberries on them because you can only play one more card to this bed. Except for plant cards, the deck also contains weeds – you can plant them in your neighbor’s garden. A weed on a bed not only takes up space but also prevents a player from finishing it. To get rid of that pesky weed, you need to play a “Worker” card during your turn – they can also be found in the deck.

Instead of a normal action, you can play one of your special cards. The “Bazaar” card allows you to replace all the cards in the market and swap up to two cards from your hand. When the “Holiday” arrives each player discards 3 cards from their hand a draw 3 cards from the deck. The “Crow” card allows you to take a card from the discard pile and if played with the “Sluggard” card – to steal from your opponents bed. You are allowed to discard one “Worker” card or one special card to get an extra action this turn. You can also play the “Sluggard” on an opponent to make him miss his turn (the “Worker” can protect from this card).

Basic game or expansion Basic game
Genre Family, Children's Games
Sub-genre Card game, Farming
Playing time 20 — 40
Suggested age 10 — 99
Number of players 2 — 4
Manufacturer Rightgames
Contents 76 cards, 4 task sheets, game rules (English, German, French and Italian languages)
Shipping weight 0.155 kg

 

If you have any questions about game rules feel free to ask us at BoardGameGeek.