So, I'd like to start growing my own fruits and vegetables, to save money on groceries. I've read that tomatoes and carrots are very easy to grow, so I thought I'd start there, but I want to make sure I'm using the same definition of "easy" as the gardeners who wrote the articles I was reading. I work 6 days per week, and I am away from home from 9 to 5 on those days, so I really don't have much free time to tend to a garden, especially given that I have other demands on my free time. So, to anyone who has tried a home garden, about how many hours per week/day does it demand, and are there special times of the day that you have to be home to tend to the garden?
I remember when I was a kid, my mother discarded some miniature pumpkins from Halloween into a plot of soil next to our house, and they grew back and made more mini pumpkins the next year, and the year after that, without any input from us. Will tomatoes and carrots grow that well without very much input from me? I'm not necessarily looking to maximize production; just have a few per week, or so.