Amber Stephen

  • Seeds

    Tobaco seeds are planted in a seedbed in a protected area.They are being warted and weeded.
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    Growing tobacco was very hard
  • Cleared Forests

    Forests were cleared to make new tobacco fields. But the tobacco ruined the soil after 4 or 5 years, so new fields had to be prepared.
  • Transplanting

    About two months went by in the seedbeds and the tobacco plants were large enough to be transplanted. After they hoed the fields into small mounds or hills, the tabacco plants were set in a mound to give it plenty of growing space.
  • Tobacco Worms

    As the tobacco grew they had to often be checked for tobacco worms. To do this they had to go through the field and take them off each leaf.If there was little rain they hed to be watered.
  • Harvesting

    The tobacco was harevested in early Fall or late Summer. All stalks tobacco and the bottom was cut. It was left to wilt. Then a hole was cut in each stalk so that it could be put onto a tobacco stake. As many as eight stalks were placed on a stake.
  • Tobacco Barns

    Stakes were hung in tobacco barns to dry for six to ten weeks.