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?
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>>>>Wow, I had no idea Alaska looked that good. And they pay you to live there.... does it actually get nice and warm sometimes?
For info on Alaska, post to 'Kathy in Alaska'
I found that while swimming down the thread. Thank you for the link and follow up.
Can you expand on that a little bit?
Here's an article by Thomas Sowell that talks about it a little.
I know tomatoes aren't tobacco; but didn't you say it was the nicotine that fends off the critters?
>>> For tomatoes, I do not know. 12 gage? .22? Works for me.
LOL! I'm a blue state denizen. No guns for us :(
>>>>Tomatoes are used at Super Fund sites to treat metal (arsenic, lead, chromium, etc.) contaminated soils.
Do those fruits make it to market??
Seeds will germinate in less than ten days if conditions are right. Warm, wet, and flooded with light. If they don't produce a visible plant within 10 days, they need more light.
I'm very happy with the SYO. Thank you for the link SheLion.
I'm still trying to master the stuffing without destroying ^-^
I have notice a big difference with the taste. I'm not craving a cigarette and yet very statisfied when I have one.
I think you are right about the extra additives in cigarettes and am wondering if it was actually the nicotine that creates the addiction.
I was a democrat when the Feds started breaking into homes and killing people. Now I am a Republican and it seems to me that nothing has changed. How do we explain that to our kids?
Maybe in your neck of the woods, but in Maryland, we cut the entire tobacco plant, speared the plants onto sticks and hung them, top down where they air cured in the barn.
There was no bed of coals, and no furnace, just boards in the sides of the barns which allowed air to circulate.
The plants were speared 4-6 on a 5 foot stick and these set across tier poles with enough room for the air to get through, too close and they'd get moldy. In the mid fall, the sticks would be taken down, the plants removed, the leaves stripped off acording to grade (bright, dark, and tips) and bundled, rikked in the standard 4'X 4' baskets and taken to auction.
Folks as close as Virginia flue cured their tobacco, much like you describe, but Marylanders air cured theirs.
WOW! Thanks. That explains why I had no luck last year - not enough light.
Iirc, the plants are related, both are susceptible to mosaic virus, and I believe the tomatoes will show the effects first.
When we were not hoeing tobacco, we were picking tomatoes as kids, or baling hay, or something, there was no shortage of work to be done.
You've been RYO for three days? You're in for a treat!
BTW, I wonder if any big tobacco folks will hear about this thread and get nervous.....
Look at my screen name. I realized a while ago that neither party is interested in protecting our liberty.
Very interesting - I was under the impression that being planted anywhere near other members of the nightshade family (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and potatoes) was hazardous to the Tobacco because of the TMV.
I seriously doubt they will get nervous - they've been reading these threads for years...........
I think my grandfather used the tomatoes as an indicator of any mosaic problems, before the cash crop was damaged.
Aside from that, we had a lot of tomatoes....I miss that.
Thanks. I think I'm really doing it just because I want to see if I can. Being a rich, white conservative republican (snicker), I can easily afford to buy any kind of smoke I want. But it's really the tax thing that irks me to no end. I'll keep updating this thread as things progress.
Day two. Sprayed seeds. Nothing yet.
(didn't expect any, but I'm a little anxious)
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