First the good side - you get to grow all your fresh veg and when it's a good year you'll have flourishing beds, pretty flowers and bountiful harvests.
Now the bad side - your weather doesn't always cooperate, wild animals like in my case our resident horde of deer, several groundhogs and raccoon keep trying to eat anything you plant just as fast as you plant it. And you have bugs - whole lot of bugs, that also eat anything you plant down to the ground. Case in point my grapes that were stripped by deer down to nothing; and runner beans struggling in the main garden half alive after rolly-polly had breakfast, or the goozeberries stripped by cabbage caterpillars. Take your pick.
And the ugly - half an hour in the garden and you spend another half hour picking nasty bugs off of you. These hitch a ride on our resident deer and they are EVERYWHERE.
I'm yet to have a day in the garden this year when I did not come home with couple of ticks on me. C'est la vie.