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This weeks herb growing in our garden is Tobacco Golden Newt Nicotiana tabacum
Two and a half years ago while unschooling, James began his first vegetable garden. One of our homeschooling principals has been learning needs to be interesting and relevant.Growing tobacco plants is much more interesting than growing turnips for a teenage boy - don't you think?
The project gave him the love of gardening and he has sold his plants to friends and on Trade Me which helped fund his guitar parts. Some of his clients have been grandmothers who have the tobacco plants growing in their garden for the flowers (and to tell their grand children they are growing tobacco) SMILE.
Many have purchased the tobacco for sacred ritual use and of course you can use this to smoke if you are a smoker. I'd highly recommend you grew your own tobacco as the commercial crop has a list of 599 additives some being addictive.... to enhance the addictive potency of nicotine.
Some cultures use Sacred Tobacco for prayer, protection, respect and healing. The smoke from tobacco rises to the sky carrying prayers to the spirit world. Scattering Sacred Tobacco on the earth can also be used as an offering to give thanks.
This years tobacco is growing in his vegetable garden from the seed he harvested and re sowed
Betty has taken a shine to the tobacco patch and keeps laying her eggs in it (can you see the eggs in the above photo LOL) She is now my favourite hen.(and is the name sake of one of our librarians)
Harvesting the tobacco leaves
Can you believe James and Brent lit the cigars with the cutting torch when they first tried them?
They tell me they were rough and it probably has put James off smoking for life.
I get soo much joy seeing James researching how to save seeds then putting that learning into practice.It has given him the love of gardening and he helped choose seeds for this years vegetable patch. He also follows gardening by the moon and as the new moon was on 5th October the best time for sowing and planting (except root crops) is now until 16th October