I am kinda interested in growing for the following reasons: 1) save some money (not a huge concern for me, but not a non-issue either) 2) don't have to worry about going dry if I'm my own supplier 3) have trimmings and such to make hash out of 4) quality control However, I have the following concerns. Some I realize you guys won't really be able to comment, on, but maybe I can get some advice on a few of them. 1) My wife is a little sketchy about it... she is a teacher and really doesn't want us to be caught with plants. (She doesn't smoke at all). But, she told me to go ahead if thats what I really want to do... which of course means "if you do it I'll be pissed", but I can deal with that 2) A lot of work? I tend to get really into something for a little bit, and then move on. (ie: get really into cooking awesome stuff for like a month, then stop cooking. Get really into a video game for a few weeks, then I'm done, etc). So, how much time am I looking at investing if I want to just grow a few plants for my personal supply? I imagine the initial time of going and getting everything together is kinda high (I'm not very handy... my wife likes building stuff, but my guess is she would not help me trick out a grow area...). What about ongoing time invested? ie: time daily/weekly/monthly? 3) Not sure where to do it... we have our own house, but my wife is worried about the smell, and I also have 2 cats (I imagine they could wreak havoc on some plants...). I've read the stickied grow guides, and it looks like if I did sea of green, I'd only need a few square feet at a time? The other concern with location is that we have friends (especially my wife's friends) who are not down. i doubt they'd do anything if they found them, but my wife would be really upset... also, when her or my parents come visit, I'd need to be hide them all somewhere (neither set of parents would turn me in, but would definately cause some family drama). The friend's are more handle-able, as there are some parts of the house they wouldn't really go in. But when our parents come up there isn't really any part of the house I could ensure they wouldn't either go in or ask why its not accessible... 4) Apparently lots of people order seeds online... what are the legal ramifications here? ie: if for some reason it is discovered that you ordered seeds, is that probable cause to search your property? Is it possible/relatively easy to build a "grow box" type thing that would be protected from the cats? Is an active carbon filter totally effective against smell? ie, if someone was standing next to the grow area, or right at the exhaust vent, would they smell anything? We have several areas that I might consider for growing, but they all have downsides: On my 3rd floor: this is a large, open area. The problems are the cats (this is the only space we can really keep their litter boxes without heavilly impeding the rest of the house... the litter boxes are off in a large walk-in closet, so I guess I could barricade the rest of the room off...), and that I would have to move everything somewhere, or make it very non-obvious what it was, if parents were visiting, as they are likely to go up to the 3rd floor at some point. This is also the only floor my wife is ok with smoking on (she doesn't want the rest of the house to smell), so anyone I had over, unless somehow it was pretty stealth, would know I was growing, and where my plants were. My wife also has a lot of relatives in new york, and sometimes our house would likely to be crammed full of visitors for thanksgiving, xmas, etc... 2nd floor spare bedroom: I can keep the cats out of here easilly, but anytime we have a guest over for the night, this is where they stay... so I'd definately need to be able to move it somewhere else, and have no lingering odor... Basement: While this is a large and open area, it tends to get cold unless I leave the heat on pretty high (which makes the first floor, which is on the same heat zone, uncomfortable). This is also where my wife and I hang with friends. So, it would need to be stealth, or off in the water pipe room, which is about 5x10, and would have adequate room, but is uninsulated (and so gets pretty cold...) If I could somehow get around the cold without blowing through too much money (I guess I could throw up insulation all over the place and remove the insulation between it and the rest of the basement... but I wouldn't want to run a heater in there 24/7), and could get something at least moderately stealth (ie: enough so that if a relative did decide to see what was in there or something, they wouldn't see or smell plants), that might work... Anyway, if anyone has any advice, I'd appreciate it.