Most everybody talks about the ins of growing, I'd like to talk about the outs. Growing cannabis is far from easy and can be very stressful when you work a full time job, take care of a household and have loved ones that need your time too. I couldn't imagine doing it and raising kids and those that do, I commend you. I'd love to spend as much time as I wanted tending the garden, but that's not possible. There are many days that I don't feel like tending to them, but I have to like a second job. What makes it even more stressful is when you have issues come up like pests or disease. I'm getting better but I would get really bummed out when something goes amiss in the garden. I'm learning to take it in stride and just deal with it. In past growing efforts, I would feel crushed and I realized that getting bummed out doesn't do any good and doesn't change anything. It's best just to accept that shit happens and combat whatever the problem is.
I'm currently paranoid about powdery mildew. I had it about a year ago and that was such a nightmare that I'm probably going to always be worried about an "outbreak". The conditions in my grow area are primo for its development and I'm growing strains that are susceptible to PM. I swear I saw some while examining my plants so I've been treating them w/ Neem oil as a precaution. I don't want to go through that ever again. I invested in a sulphur burner and that helped immensely and I highly recommend them for PM if you can use one. Those that grow in an area like a closet or someplace close to living quarters prefer not to use them since they can leave a aroma of rotten eggs in the area.
I can also get overwhelmed by all of the work involved. That happens when I bite off more than I can chew or things are backed up and my veg room gets too full. I like growing fewer plants so I can give them the TLC they deserve and need to really thrive. They definitely seem much happier when I spend more time with them and dote on them. I know they enjoy the company ; ) When I get overwhelmed I think tend to not spend the time I should caring for them but I've made improvements in that area lately too.
Thank goodness I don't have the added stress many growers have, such as no money for supplies. Those on disability that can't work or those struggling to raise/take care of a family must go through even more stress trying to come up with the money for soil, pots, fertilizers and paying for the equipment to run everything. I know it must be an added pain in the ass especially if you get pests and don't have the money to buy something to treat them with. Growing isn't cheap and if you want good results you need the right set up. You get out what you put into it.
The ins of growing outweigh the outs by a landslide, especially when you're reaping the rewards of your hard work. I thought I'd come forth and tell you of my growing experience. Because if you didn't know any better and looked at what growers are talking about they are only stating the positives of growing while not talking about the difficulties of growing and why. I'm very interested in hearing how other growers deal with the stress of growing and what problems they've encountered. So, if you want to post your growing experiences in the comments section.