I gotta say that every time I look at the grocery store bill, the idea of growing my own food gets more and more appealing. I don't have a green thumb — I once under-watered a cactus, to put it in perspective — but how hard can it be to grow your own vegetables?

I see people on the news do it, our first lady has made room in her backyard, and even some of my neighbors are on it. I guess my concern would be all the extra — I have enough problem with raccoons, possums and stray winos in my backyard — I'll be really upset if I see some hobo puffing a pipe and picking peppers on my property. But I got the room. My first lady has inspired me, and I'm up for the challenge … kinda. I guess I wanna do a straw poll first.

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I'm curious to know if any of our Root fam have started gardens, and how that's going. To be clear, growing loco weed in your closet does not make you a gardener, Cheech. I want some real-world stories about how much money it takes to get started, to sustain and what kind of haul you can expect.

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