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As part of an on going self sufficiency experiment I decided to have a go at growing my own tobacco. I know a lot of people don't like smoking but I do smoke so I figured I could save some money by growing my own.

The only issue I had was that I didn't have anywhere to grow it as I rent a flat there is no garden, but here in the UK there is a Remanent of World War II (maybe even earlier) that would assist me. Allotments, I don't know if other country's have these but here in the UK the are large patches of land that are divided up in to smaller patches know as an Allotment. The purpose was to allow people a place to grow their own vegetables when food was not abundant. These are still in use today but people use them for many different things, some people turn them in to a garden, or use them for there main purpose and grow vegetables. This allotment cost me £5 a year!! plus i had to join the allotment society which cost me £20, so £25 for a year of renting a piece of land, not bad!

I will use the allotments to grow tobacco which caused something of a stir in the allotment community as not a lot of people know it is legal to grown your own tobacco even here in the UK. However there is one rule here which is important, you can grow tobacco in the UK and dry it legally as long as it not for commercial use. you can even dry it and chop it up to a smoke-able product provided you do not sell it.

You should check the laws in your area to see what you can do.
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instructof18 days ago
how did it go in the end?
n1cod3mus (author)  instructof18 days ago
well I grew it and dried it thats as far as I got, been busy with other projects
Hagrid152 months ago

Thank you. I'm very happy with your growing, harvesting and drying tips. I got some leaves off a mate some years back. I dried them out, but they were too moist and not crisp dry. And yes, they went moldy. They were yuck and unsmokable.

Thanks again.

Regards James

n1cod3mus (author)  Hagrid152 months ago
yeah should have hung them and dried them out, then just rejuvenate them when you are ready to smoke em.
metqa1 year ago

Wow, thanks for the info in the instructible. I want to grow some tobacco both for the flowers as decoration in the yard, and for the leaves that I want to use to make nicotine tea for pest control. I didn't know if the different varieties have flowers as sites advertise "flowering" tobacco" and "smoking tobacco". I want to be sure that it flowers pretty AND has nicotine I can use. You cleared that up for me, and gave me more info about pollination as well. Your plants look great, I'm gonna go order some seeds after all, thanks to you!

n1cod3mus (author)  metqa1 year ago
fantastic, I am glad it helped you out, I had to do a lot of research.

Just a warning about using it as a pesticide, it would NOT be safe for pets or children. and probably not if you are going to spray it on fruits and vegetables

of course, it Is Tobacco after all, my use as a pesticide would be on the foliage of plants to deter chewing insects. nicotine is a contact poison in high doses and also when ingested in low dosages so anybody who chews on the plants leaves will get buggy diarrhea. I don't intend to use it on children or pets, but I think you mean that children or pets should be prevented from handling or ingesting the plant leaves in the garden, am I right.

n1cod3mus (author)  metqa1 year ago

yes thats exactly what I meant ;-) that tea you are talking about I was sure that used to be made from the stalks after the leaves had been harvested for smoking.

OK, Ebay, do you simply search for tobacco seeds? Or do you recall the vendor's name/informatiuon?

n1cod3mus (author)  charlessenf-gm1 year ago
just search tobacco seeds, there is loads on there, just make sure to pick the types you want

Where do you get the seeds?!

n1cod3mus (author)  charlessenf-gm1 year ago
I got mine on ebay
I didn't realize some of you folks could not see the advertisement on the end of the barn.
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n1cod3mus (author)  spikeseller1 year ago

often a tobacco barn would have a basement under a trap door to store the tobacco in once its ready

This is a great example of a great "Mail Pouch Barn". MP was a brand of chewing tobacco produced in Wheeling, West Virginia. The company advertised on barns across the US. This is a traditional tobacco barn, used for drying tobacco. Note the tobacco hanging to dry in the photo.
Mihsin1 year ago

Though I quit smoking many years ago, but I like to see successful acts. The leaves looke to me the kind used for Nargila.

Best wishes on cigar tobacco planting next.

n1cod3mus (author)  Mihsin1 year ago
yeah we should all quit, there is no benefit to any of use to carry on
Mielameri1 year ago
Nicely done! Was the finished product up to snuff? The allotments system is a cool thing, too.
I'm from Kentucky, and my grandpa grew tobacco, so this makes me real nostalgic for home :)

From KY too. Remember dreading (as a kid) following the setter all day with grandpa back in the 80's. Great memories now. Wouldnt trade it for the world.

n1cod3mus (author)  Mielameri1 year ago
I havent actually tried it yet, it feels like smoking tobacco and smells like it but I have been busy with work do I havnt got round to chopping it up and smoking it yet.

I figured I would make a tobacco shredder and do an instructable for it, and then try out different blends of the tobacco to see what I like.

Your grandpa probably grew Burley tobacco as thats the normal crop in that area.
Great instructable. I was lucky enough to grow up playing in my grandfathers huge 1915 era tobacco barn (think Mail Pouch advertisement type). Growing tobacco as a cash crop here in West Virginia, USA is just about over. I have never smoked, but I love the smell of tobacco hanging to dry. Thanks.

Live in KY and know what you mean. Remember helping grandpa follow the setter when I was just a kid back in the 80's. Still a few of the MailPouch tobacco barns around. Remember when tobacco was in every other field, but definitely a drastic reduction in amount grown today. Thanks for bringing back some good memories with your comment.

n1cod3mus (author)  spikeseller1 year ago

I'm in the UK so i have no idea what you are talking about lol but it sounds good

jbox21 year ago

Is that an Indian Head penny? I have one of those, if it is, thats from about the 1890's.

a.steidl jbox21 year ago

It is an English penny. That's the Queen's profile on there.

n1cod3mus (author)  a.steidl1 year ago
yep thats an English penny, i am in England ;-)

Could you explain the pollination process as it relates to the end product? I am a bit confused about cross pollination and why you want to contain that.

Thank you so much for this instructable. I have really been thinking of doing this in my organic garden, now I have the knowledge for it !

n1cod3mus (author)  envirolutionary1 year ago

well you would not want to cross pollinate a Burley with a Virgina gold, as you would end up with seeds which are a cross of the 2 types of tobacco. you would only want Virgina gold to pollinate Virgina gold .

ah okay, so you save the seeds for the next round of planting that makes more sense. Thanks!

n1cod3mus (author)  envirolutionary1 year ago

to be honest when you buy seeds there will be enough for a couple of seasons so I shouldnt worry too much.

Wow... I am amazed :). Thank you so much for sharing.

n1cod3mus (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago

no problem, I am happy to share, I hope that it inspires others to have a go and improve on my techniques.

jbox21 year ago

I live out here in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are nursery stores, Star Nursery is one i frequent, that sell lady bugs and such. They also have praying mantis and earthworms. Really neat alternatives to pesticides.

but u dont wanna be caught shipping insect out of the country do u.

bullkelsae1 year ago

How many ounces did you get from how many plants? I realise it will vary with different types but just a rough estimate. Trying to figure out whether it's worth my time although it is something i'd like to try anyway. Great instructable and would love to see the victorian shredder when you get it made.

n1cod3mus (author)  bullkelsae1 year ago
I haven't weighed the yield to be honest, but one row of 8 plants could fill up 2 medium sized boxes. in the UK these boxes are the type used for crisps (Chips in the US)

Very interesting Instructable.

Misac-kun1 year ago

I have a Tobacco plant on my front yard, it just came from nowhere and there is another one growing on the backyard just now. People often came to my door and ask for some leaves, it's said that it's good to remove Botfly larva if used as a salve during the night they come out to eat the tobacco and then you can extract it.

n1cod3mus (author)  Misac-kun1 year ago
as you can see the seeds are very small, and when the seed pods split the seeds are loose inside if there was a lot of wind the seeds would easily carry on the wind, probably for miles.

they are annuals so when they die they should not come back, but each plant can produce enough seeds to create a fields worth of tobacco so if you don't want lots of tobacco plants I would either top them or remove them completely.
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