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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Growing Catnip


We had a minor change in schedule today, so I will be posting!


Are you all ramping up for spring break? Because my kids are at two separate schools and the vacation times don't overlap, we'll be off for a whopping 3 weeks over here! When I ask them what they want to do over the break, without hesitation, they say, "home school." Which I find pretty hysterical! But I'm happy to oblige. On the agenda: learning about Stonehenge, poetry month, cooking and chess.


But back to the animals.....


Today, I'm going to talk about growing edibles for your cat in the garden.


I grow plenty of wonderful things for human consumption in my garden:




But wouldn't it be fun to be able to grow your own catnip?


Kitty could either help herself or you could harvest it, dry it out and create some sort of fabric toy to stuff the dried catnip into (stay tuned for a guest post next week that does just that!)

Catnip is a member of the mint family and the most alluring plant to cats. When I had cats, I remember giving them dried catnip and I'd watch as they go nuts for the stuff! Apparently, it does have drug-like side effects for the cats, but it's safe in small doses! Don't worry, you won't have to send your kitty to NA!


Catnip is also a beautiful plant!




It does well in both shade and sun.


You can plant it from seed or transplant baby catnip plants (now is a good time of year to do this if it's not too cool on your end) or grow inside in a window box.


Apparently, catnip also acts as homeopathic remedy to quell headaches and anxiety.
Catnip, here I come!

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