Tabacco seedlings were planted in a grid system of intersecting lines. A wide rake with teeth spaced 40-50 centemeters apart was used to create the pattern (called painting the stripes). Each corner of a square had a plant, leaving barely enough space in between to walk. After planting was finished it was women's work to carry water in 'bigol' from wells or the Brenta.
Each parcel was designated with a licensenumber from the Guardia della Finanza, Italy's Tax guards. The'bifa' number was placed at the parcel's border showing that the land had been registered so rangers could begin their controls.
“I spent my whole life in the tabacco fields, after planting we had a piece wood two meters long, (approx 6 ft.), with teeth spaced 40-50 cm a part. You made lines with the 'mistier' the entire length of the field then you made squares 40 cm apart, they say 50, we make them 40.
“Gò fato na vita in tel tabacco…, e dopo impiantare tabacco, avevamo un pezzo di legno lungo due metri che aveva quattro spunci, distanti 40 cm. uno dall'altro, si tiravano le linee sul campo con mistiér e si tirava diritto tutto il campo per tutta la lunghezza e dopo si facevano i quadri, allora si facevano i quadri da quaranta, loro dicono cinquanta da noi quaranta” (Bruno C., Valstagna, 1999.)