After getting the majority of the gardens in for the summer, it came time to begin planting the tobacco down in the holler. We loaded up Azulita with plants, the tiny tiller, wood ash, fertilizer and chainsaw then headed down the hill for a day of "fun."
Manthing tilled up the rows right quick while I followed behind with the bucket of ash, fertilizer, and my handy dandy little trowel. After he tilled, I sprinkled some ash in each hole, threw a bit of grow juice in and set the plants in. We do use commercial fertilizer twice a year for the tobacco. It is a very heaver feeder on the soil and though we do not use chemical fertilizer on anything else we grow, we cannot keep up with amounts needed for the tobacco too.
The plants were a tiny bit smaller than I would have liked but they did have an excellent root system for a change. Once manthing got my rows done he went off and collected cook wood from dead fall while I planted and planted and planted. About 200 plants were put in the ground and we still have about that many to go in yet. Depending on the weather we may get them in this weekend. Tobacco needs to stay moist just after transplantation or they tend to die off to the ground. Planting just before a rain or watering them in is needed. As a side note, once tobacco has established good roots it is very difficult to kill off. It more often than not, will grow back from what looks to be a dead plant so wait a week or two before replanting if you think you have killed the babies.