Growing your own vegetables can be a relaxing and delicious hobby that produces a bounty of naturally grown produce. Though a pleasant and rewarding home project, growing your own vegetables involves some effort and expense might make it more convenient or affordable to buy produce at the farmer's market or grocery store. Survey some reasons why growing your own vegetables may not be right for you.
Growing vegetables on your own can be time-consuming. The gardener must first buy the supplies, then sprout the vegetable seeds, then plant the seeds in their gardening area. The vegetables must be regularly watered, weeded and fertilized before they are harvested.
Growing vegetables on your own can be frustrating. Each plant is susceptible to a host of problems from animal and insect attackers to fungal, viral and bacterial diseases. Even if the garden is perfectly designed, an anomaly like a weird weather pattern or insect infestation can wipe out all your work.
Though growing your own vegetables can be a money saver once you understand the process, the setup cost to grow your own vegetables can be high compared to buying vegetables at the store. To get started, you must have a space or container for growing, plus soil, plant food, fertilizer and water. In addition to the cost of plant maintenance, there is also the cost of failure: discarded plants, broken plant pots and contaminated soil all must be thrown out at a cost.
Though a well-cared-for home-grown vegetable is far superior in quality to most grocery store vegetables, gardening mistakes can cause rotting, cracking and poor taste in your home-grown vegetables.
For vegetable gardeners with little or no land and limited space for gardening, successful vegetable gardening is limited to a few hardy choices that grow in a compact space.