Thursday, June 3, 2010

Chapter 10: In which I discuss the merits of tobacco

Among the many new things that we try every year, this year we are growing tobacco. Aleks has wanted to try to grow it for quite a while and this year he is giving it a go. He selected Orinoco tobacco, a variety that has been grown in this country since the 1600's when John Rolfe obtained the coveted seeds. Rolfe shunned the harsh product grown by the local Indians, Nicotiana Rustica. It would never sell in London. Sopatients in several forms, and was used in emergency treatment for snake and insect bites. We believe, as with most things, that proper use of an herb can be beneficial, but abuse, of almost everything, is detrimental. Tobacco can be tricky to grow though, so this year might not be a success but if not then we'll try again next year!


Lastly, this is Asa's 8 month portrait. I debated about posting a picture of his little naked heiney but I couldn't resist!


  1. Is there a possibility of your other crops getting the tobacco mosaic virus? Pardon me if my question is ignorant...but I thought tobacco had the virus and it could spread to tomatoes, cukes and other crops. This is why I've had my reservations about using it as a pest repellant.

  2. I just knew there had to be a useful reason for you to try growing tobacco ;-) Anyhow, much of what makes cigarettes sooo bad is what is added to the least that is always what I understood. Do let us know how it goes!

    As for Asa....adorable!


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