Harvest tobacco in a greenhouse

Harvest tobacco in a greenhouse

The growing season 2015

Harvest tobacco in a greenhouse

Start of season

Do you have a greenhouse? Why not try to harvest tobacco in a greenhouse? But I probably started the season 2015 to late and waited a bit to long before moving the plants to the greenhouse. This because my ignorance and that I was waiting for the greenhouse to arrive. Having the plants on my window sill in to small pots was a restriction to the root growth. When I finally moved them to the greenhouse the plants took a few weeks before they really started to grow.

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General Kardus 2016 from Swedish Match launched

General Kardus Fäviken 2016

General Kardus Fäviken 2016 is the result of the cooperation between Swedish Match and the award-winning star chef Magnus Nilsson from Fäviken Magasinet.

General celebrates it’s 150th anniversary

2016 is the year when Scandinavia’s largest snus brand, General, celebrates it’s 150th anniversary. 150 years later General Kardus Fäviken 2016 is the food creator Magnus Nilsson’s interpretation of General snus, originally created by the perfectionist Johan A Boman in 1866.

Swedish Match General Kardus Fäviken 2016


Magnus Nilsson is an award winning chef from Fäviken Magasinet that is ranked the world’s 25th best restaurant. He has also been awarded the “Global Gastronomy Award” by the reputable White Guide.

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Swedish Match got green light for snus in USA

Swedish Match got a Green light for Swedish snus in USA

Now it’s free for Swedish Match to promote Swedish snus in USA as a healthier tobacco product than cigarettes. The company now can sell eight types of portion snus in the country.

Swedish Match got green light for snus in USA

Swedish Match has received a green light from the American Regulatory Authority, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, to sell eight different types of portion packaged snus in the United States.

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Growing tobacco in a greenhouse

Growing tobacco in a greenhouse in Scandinavia

In the process of gathering information on growing tobacco I realized that it would be difficult to do without a greenhouse. Another grower, in the south of Scandinavia, got a much better growth for the plants in the greenhouse than for those who was plated outside in the field. As I’m living in the middle of Scandinavia (as far north as middle of Canada) I think a greenhouse is a must. At least if you are trying to grow pepper. Maybe the tobacco could have grown outside, but not as good as it has in my greenhouse. From the tiny seed they have now grown to over a meter in height and still growing each day.

Growing tobacco replanting

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Swedish Snus pasteurization in the Crockpot

The main difference between American dip and Swedish snus is the pasteurization process and that no smoke-dried tobacco is used in Swedish snus. That is one reason why you find less tobacco specific nitrosamines (TSNA) in Swedish snus. Nitrosamines: Nitrite, nicotine and other amines and alkaloids.

 Swedish Snus pasteurization in the Crockpot

As I described in the article on how to make your own Swedish snus at home I recommend temperatures from 60° C to 90° C. But I have since then come to the conclusion that you get a lot of benefits by making your snus in the higher temperature range. Some of the benefits are:

  • A faster process, 36 hours instead of many days.
  • Less stirring and less washing up.
  • A more mature, smoky/burned flavor to the snus.
  • Less living “things” in the tobacco.
  • Longer shelf life with less “things” in it
  • Lower TSNA with less “things” making nitrite from nitrate.

Swedish snus is not a health product, but a lot healthier than smoking. To make it as healthy as possible you should make it in a way that keeps the TSNA at a low level.

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How to make a GnuCash custom report using MySQL

If GnuCash got one downside it is the report generation. But you can do your own custom reports using SQL and MySQL.

GnuCash account screen

GnuCash and the list of members

I am using GnuCash to book-keep financial transactions for a sports association. It’s a non-profit organization for weight training much like a gym. The members can use the equipment and facilities while they got a valid membership subscription.

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Replanting the tobacco plants – Growing tobacco

After a rather slow start the growth is picking up speed and its time to replanting the tobacco plants. After five weeks (middle of April) it’s getting crowded in the seed tray. To allow for more room for each plant it’s now time to separate them into their own pot.

For this you need

  • Compost soil
  • Plastic seed pots
  • Tomato nutrient
5 week old Virginia tobacco

Five week old Virginia tobacco

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Growing tobacco – Planting the tobacco seed

Growing tobacco is similar to growing tomatoes. It is not illegal to grow your own tobacco as long as you don’t intend to sell it. It will save you a lot of money if you have a craving for the n-vitamin.

If you are tired of giving your money to tax and big business you now have an alternative. If you learn how to grow your own tobacco you have full control of any additive you put into the tobacco.

You can read a list of the over 600 additives you can find in cigarettes here: Additives in cigarettes

Growing tobacco - Virginia Nicotiana Tabacum

This is the type I grow

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Nicotine withdrawal? Anti tobacco proposal ban snus at work

According to a proposal snus use can also be prohibited during working hours for municipal employees in Skövde, Sweden. This adding to the prohibition on smoking making it a total tobacco ban.

 Nicotine withdrawal symptoms in Skövde?

When the smoking regulations for municipal employees in Skövde is to be tighter, also those who use snus will be trapped. Besides the smoking ban, the municipality wants to introduce a ban on snus for the municipal employers. It was in the context of the smoking ban the question of a total tobacco ban rose.

– We look at tobacco use from a public health perspective, says Leif   Walterum. The hospital in  Skaraborg recently announced that  the entire hospital campus is to be smoke free.

Nicotine withdrawal - General snus

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