The Disadvantages of Planting a Garden

“Gardening is not all perfect roses and red ripe tomatoes; it has its distinct disadvantages, as well. While gardening magazines tout the health benefits of home-grown produce and the exercise advantages of fresh air, sunshine and double-digging garden beds, there are also sunburn, poison ivy and raspberry thorns to contend with. Most importantly, if you don’t love gardening, the time and work it requires will not be worth the trouble.”

Gardens require time and physical exertion.

Gardens can supply fresh food and improve the appearance of the landscape, but growing your own vegetables or flowers comes with some potential drawbacks. A backyard garden requires a great deal of work and commitment throughout the growing season. Acknowledging the disadvantages of growing a garden can help you determine if the project is worth the effort to you.


A garden requires a time commitment from the planning stages through harvest time. The greatest investment of time is required when you first start your garden, but the work continues throughout the growing season. You’ll need to weed, water and fertilize the plants. In vegetable gardens, you also have to harvest the food when it is mature. Sharing the work load with family members or creating a neighborhood garden can mean less of a time commitment for you.

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