For the Best Gardeners in the Cardiff Area

   Nov 21

Your Questions About Gardening

Ruth asks…

Where to get an organic tobacco, and is it legal to grow tobacco in backyard for your own use?

I am a smoker. I was outraged when I have read that there are 499 carcinogenic and poisonous chemicals – pesticides or additives- in cigarettes. I wonder if smoking an organic tobacco rolled by hand- with no additives-, would save me some health hazards!?

GardenersCardiff answers:

American Spirit has an organic line of tobacco which comes pre-rolled or in 2oz pouches (but not in the large 6 oz cans, unfortunately). All of the AS tobacco is free of the 699 additives and this does make for a better smoke.

Yes you can grow your own tobacco for your own use but it takes at least 3 years of curing the leaf to get a mellow smoke according to an old friend who used to grow certified organic tobacco for American Spirit.


This web forum has several experts in growing organic tobacco and they trade many different types (there are well over 25 different tobaccos grown for smoking and even more grown for other purposes)

Since no one has done any research using clean tobacco we have no idea if chem free tobacco is safer than tobacco laced with hundreds of chemicals, though I notice that in the be afraid of tobacco ads most of the chemicals they say are the worst are chemicals that the tobacco is cured in and not there naturally so I would say chem free is probably far less dangerous.

John asks…

What keeps people from making their own cigarettes?

Seems to me like you could just grow your own tobacco, under a special light or something, and roll the cigs yourself, and not have to pay the outrageous taxes. What keeps people from doing this?

GardenersCardiff answers:

It is a big process to grow your own. I know what you’re thinking, “there’s got to be an easier way”, well there is. Have you heard of the new craze called e-cigarettes? It’s just like smoking a real cigarette, but instead it’s odorless and smokeless and much healthier for you.

Check it out , it’s going to be huge. You can even become a seller of this product.

Donna asks…

Are smokers willing to grow their own tobacco to avoid paying taxes?

We have all heard about how the smokers are bearing the burden of the new taxes. While I am not a smoker, I am all for the freedom to smoke.

Since I am a gardener, I was wondering how hard it would be to grow my own tobacco. So I did a little research.

So if smokers are tired of paying for smokes, why don’t you grow your own tobacco in your own back yard. You need a shed to dry it, but other than that it is no harder to grow than green beans.

They can’t tax it if you don’t buy it from a store. They may be able to raise the taxes on the seeds and papers, but you can get any paper to smoke it.


How to harvest and dry:

Rolling supplies:

Dude – most people who would grow their own have sheds to hold their lawn and yard equipment. So its not that hard nor does it cost too much.

GardenersCardiff answers:

We are a society of instant gratification. With that in mind few people would grow rather than buy. The same would happen if we legalized and taxed marijuana, which is why I’ve never understood the “they’d still buy it from the street” argument… Rolled for them in a pack or carton versus a bag where they had to do all their own work? Stoners would be lined up around the block to buy from the stores.. And would probably fund Universal Health care lol.

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