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?
They're a sneaky bunch. lol. The cops in a Louisiana town on interstate 20 are even sneakier. They have a portable sign with lights that they sit on shoulder of the interstate warning motorists of a durg enforcement roadblock one mile ahead. Instead of blocking the interstate, they post their officers on the exit ramp just past the "warning" sign. It must work for them, for I see it about once a month.
Good luck with the new seeds and thanks for the book title. I'll be going to the bookstore, and keeping you posted with our garden.
I wouldn't bother looking for the book at any stores. All they carry are, "The Dangers of Tobacco,"-type of books. The picture I posted is a link to get the book.
Also, my seeds arrived yesterday. Faster shipping than normal. I like!
Got my seeds from coffinails.com,went through the starting in the house process, and currently have twebty seven very healthy plants growing down in the garden. Some are bigger around than dinner plates by now, and 8-10 inches tall.
I'm not doing it for any economic reasons, just to see if I can(don't wanna die before I try everything).
Does anyone have any info on the production of snuff? I'm talkin' about the type of snuff you put in your lip, not the snuff you sniff. Any info would be most appreciated.
I think it's the same as regular tobacco with a lot of stuff in it. That book I posted about above has more details.
Ah! landscaping herbs.. Its good to be involved in yardwork.. ;) Good for the health.. Aged well it may make good ugh.. ugh!.. potpouri..
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A bunny or two is actually worth the investment for composting.
Kitchen organic scraps get fed to them (as well as pellets) plus many types of weeds and clippings.
(Of course this also assumes you know what types of foods/clippings the rabbits can eat)
Something in the rabbit droppings really make nightcrawlers grow big!
Shovel the droppings from underneath the cage into your garden weekly.
The nightcrawlers and rabbit excrement is the best fertilizer I've ever seen. The plants grow big and healthy.
Thanks for the info.
I used to do this. I started spending considerable time stuffing cigs and it didnt cut down on my smoking one bit. I may even have smoked more because it became roll and smoke.
I walked behind a mule every summer from the time I was around ten until I joined the Navy, I hoed cotton, picked cotton, carried fifty pound watermelons, carried burlap bags full of cantaloupes that weighed half my bodyweight, pulled one end of a two man crosscut saw and swung an axe in the winter but I never worked tobacco. From the descriptions I have heard of the tobacco field it may have been even worse than all the stuff I did.
12 gage? .22? Works for me. Watch the wind direction though.
A GOOD .22 rifle can be used by an experienced marksman shooting from a rest at fairly short distance to take out the brain but it takes skill, that is a very small target. A twelve gauge shotgun might do the same but unless you can be sure to destroy the brain stem it is better to let the skunk do as he will. A shot that doesn’t kill instantly will result in a tomato patch unfit to visit for a very long time. If you succeed in taking out the brain stem then you need to bury the animal or take it far away immediately. After a while the scent glands on a dead animal will start to leak and you don’t want to be around that.
Post Obama BUMP!!!
Fire for effect! Tobacco taxes are getting WAY out of hand. As some poster with more savy than me said: “I can’t believe this is the same Country that put tea bags over the side at a little Party in Boston!”
Thanks for this valuable link!
We oughta put some loose tobacco in envelopes and send ‘em to Washington with little notes in ‘em saying something like, “In this great country’s history, we went to war because of overtaxing a similar plant’s consumable leaves once..”
Ping to bookmark
My seeds came in last week!
Others who’ve posted on this thread might add to this list, but here’s what I have:
Small terrarium with flourescent growlamps for starting the seedlings indoors
Small Moss pots
Once transferred outdoors, I was using a digital timer for watering. Get some sevin dust, too. Critters just LOVE eating the leaves.
Last frost where I am is the end of May - so I’ll be starting indoors mid March.
I’ve got a nasty brown thumb but refuse to pay these taxes.
I’ll have enough tobacco for a year within the next few weeks, so I hope to be completely off the tax-grid next year.
Pop into this site and lend a hand on growing knowledge- would be greatly appreciated ;)
Boy, those seeds are teeny-tiny...
I messed that up - last frost is end of April ;)
This will be a learning process
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