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Planting


In March work in the fields. We began by pulling up the past seasons tabacco plants and digging ditches where manure and the stalks of tabacco to use as fertalizer. Meanwhile we'd begin planting seedlings in small parcels of land that were protected from wind and exposed to the most sun.
We got our seedlings from the State owned monopoly that governed all aspects of the crop, measurements of the plant were done with a thimble. When a farmer risked letting a plant flower the plant produced a capsule with many high quality seeds. These local seeds were considered the best.
First rows were dug, then seeds and seedlings were planted when the timing was right, seven or eight rows: “ we couldn't cover the plants with nylon, we used old potato sacks and ropes to protect the plants from rain and hail. We dug and hoed, turned over the soil, pulled weeds and planted tabacco. If there wasn't water it had to be carry it up from the Brenta. All the kids were busy with pails.” (Adelina C. Valstagna 1999)
“You had to have the government's permission to let plants grow to maturity until they formed 'blasete', that held seeds like poppy seeds, plants grew this tall. Normal plants were pruned so the grew barassao that produced seeds, it was enough to plant a hundred thousand seedlings. We di all the work, the government also gave us seedlings but we threw them out and used the ones from our seeds until they became infected, then we would use the government ones as disenfectants.” Giuseppe C. 1999

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