Skip to comments.Growing my own tobacco -I've had it with these prices! (A journal)
Posted on 06/21/2005 8:25:15 AM PDT by RandallFlagg
Since I have to get to bed, I'm just going to paste what I placed into the coffinnails.com forum. There's relevant questions inclused that I'll place on this thread if they get answered.
Day one -finally got my seeds!
Them things are SMALL! Sheesh! I had to fuzzy up the end of a Q-Tip to place them into the trays. Before I screw things up, there's a few questions I must ask. The 200 seeds I got are Dark Virginia. I'm doing 16 at a time.
Will the unused seeds keep for a while? I'd like to grow 'em in staggered stages. Will regular tap water work, or will I have to use distilled or rainwater? I have to used that kind for my Venus's Flytraps. Flourescent lighting. Will it work well for staggered stage growing year-round? Humidity? Someone told me that nicotine is a natural insect repellant. Is this true? Has anyone here saved the $$$ they expected to save? That's why I'm doing this. What's the best soil to use?
Luckily, there's a big place near my home called Paulino's Gardens, where I can find almost all the accessories I need for this venture of mine. I'll update on this thread as I go along.
OH! First entry: Got seeds three days ago and placed them on top of potting soil in 16-cube icetray container with holes in the bottom. Placed trays in my carnivorous plant terrarium that uses three 15-watt flourescent bulbs on a 18-hour timer. Sprayed and soaked with rainwater. Crossing my fingers.
Last question for the day: How long should it be before something actually grows?
I used to smoke 20 packs of cigarettes a day...
But, since the doctors removed one of my lungs...
I've cut my smoking in half...
I think he is trying to be funny............
I have - it still makes no sense.
I hope you're right.
You agree with my original statement then. Its the intangibles not the dollar savings.
Please take a remidial class in reading comprehension along with the one in econ101
So, you disagree with yourself?
Man! I've been looking into this the past week or so myself. I'm going to smoke. Can't help it. I've been looking into rolling machines and filters but I have no idea from there. Can you recommend a decent machine I could possibly pick up down at the tobacco shop? I'm really amazed by all this. I've heard I can get the cost-per-cigarette down from 20 cents to 5 cents. Amazing I came upon this thread. Can't believe it!
Ya left out a step or two there Mountain man. First, it's too late in the year to plant seed. Actually too late to plant plants. Must begin in Feb. with a steamed plant bed for seeds. Keep covered with cloth until danger of frost is past. Transplant to field, replant those that die. As they grow break off the "suckers" that sprout between the leaves. Pick off the Tobacco Worms and squish them between thumb and fingers(at least 3 worms per plant). When the dark tobacco is about 4-5 feet tall, cut at base, string onto tobacco stake and take to the barn and hang the stakes between the rafters. After frost start several sawdust fires (hickory is best) and create lots of smoke which "cures" the leaves. In January, fire up the pot-bellied stove in the barn. Take down the stakes and remove the stalks of tobacco. Strip the leaves from the stalk and grade them according to grade. Tie into "hands" and arrange on a pallet. Now the tobacco is ready for sale or use. What a fun crop to grow. Of course you could plant Burley which is easier because you don't have to "fire" it. But Dark Virginia has to be smoke cured.
No - just your interpretation of my comments.
I can't help that you choose to just pick and choose the parts of my comments you wish to ignore.
I will say it one more time - growing my own crops SAVE me money. Adding another crop to what I am already growing is not going to cost me a danged thing.
And the fact you had the nerve to suggest I could earn more money than I save by getting a job instead of raising my child was a horrendous insult not only to me, but to all stay-at-home-moms and all conservatives.
Many of us don't live by the almighty dollar as you apparently do.
easy to cure, just hang leaves in a controlled enviorment not too hot, dry or wet. They will dry and cure naturally, when the leaves turn brown, chop, dice, slice and roll your own!
The best machine is the Supermatic II. some tobacco shops do carry them - but SheLion did provide the link to purchase it online earlier in the thread.
Not the way you're describing it!!!! LOL!
Honey believe me, I've been there, done that.
Thanks. Yes, I'm sorry. I did not have time to look through the whole thread, even though I'm very interested in this. I apologize. I usually DO comb through threads before I post. But thank you very much for answering. I knew somebody would and that I would be able to look in at the main site for answers.
Believe me - I believe you!!!!!!!!
I have to seriously reconsider the fact I was going to get some seed in next week after what you have said here.
What is "butt tea"?
I'm sorry - I would normally have gone back and found the link and posted it - but I'm tired (therefore lazy) tonight.
If I remember correctly it's within the first 30-40 posts of this thread - and it wouldn't surprise me if She Lion has a link on her home page.
Simply steeping some tobacco in water for a while.
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