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#1 Stella

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 06:46 PM

So, I garden, but I've never grown catnip. I'd like to start growing it in my yard, but i have concerns about cats loving it to death. Do you start yours from seed or nusery plants? How do you dealt with the cats? Thanks.
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#2 Onyx

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 08:45 PM

The secret to growing Catnip is a hanging basket. I start it in the Spring from seed, it is spindly the first year and really grows well in the second year.
I harvest before it flowers, I dry it in a mesh bag that I hang from the curtain rod in the kitchen. You can get about three cuttings of nip in a season. The cat loves it fresh or dried.
You could buy a plant from the nursery, it would save a lot of time. I keep the whole planter in a kitchen window in the winter. So I have old plants and new ones in at the same time.

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 09:54 PM

Thank you Onyx :) a hanging basket sounds do- able and has offered a solution to something that has been puzzling me. We've 4 cats and I've one godcat (I'm to adopt my BFF's cat if/when she dies). My favorite (a grey and white fluffy ball of love and irrascable shinnagins) is crazy for the stuff. :D. He might even try clumbing or jumping onto it, but if I hang it from the rafter outside the kitchen window (where hes likely to be seen and subsequently chased off) it just might work. Thanks!
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#4 Onyx

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 11:04 PM

I hang my Nip basket with others containing flowers, on my front porch. The railing is narrow, so the cats can't jump up. They know if I'm there I will share, and nobody goes without.
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Posted 22 January 2019 - 02:33 AM

I really can't imagine anything easier to grow, and I am not a skilled gardener.  When I lived in my old house in the city, it grew between my house and the next, with very little sun exposure, as the area was shaded by huge evergreen trees.  It required literally nothing at all, and self-propagated.  I'd just go out and pick some from time to time, dry it, and use it as a mild sedative tea when needed, and of course the kitty got her fair share.  The area had some outdoor cats as well, and it did just fine, nonetheless!


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Posted 22 January 2019 - 07:01 PM

You must have some well behaved cats in your area Aurelian! When I planted a very nice big Catnip plant directly into the garden, the cats took turns sitting on it, eating it and rolling on it. until it was dust.
Now they have to ask me nicely first. I am the Nip Master!

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Posted 26 January 2019 - 01:58 PM

Catnip starts easily from seed and will tolerate virtually any soil or sun, but like all members of the mint family, it grows best in partial sun. Harvesting it before it flowers ensures all the "good stuff" is still in the leaves, but I always let a few plants flower & go to seed - it'll self-propagate. Catnip is a perennial and although the stalks die back during our winter, there's usually a volunteer or two down by the soil that will grow, too. Eventually, though, the plant will die, which is why I always let a few go to seed.

 

I have an entire bed of it but our cats are indoor-only (and the neighbor's outside cat hasn't seemed to have found the bed). When I tried growing it in the city, the neighborhood cats loved the plants to death. Literally. The hanging basket is a good idea.


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Posted 26 January 2019 - 08:14 PM

Catnip starts easily from seed and will tolerate virtually any soil or sun, but like all members of the mint family, it grows best in partial sun. Harvesting it before it flowers ensures all the "good stuff" is still in the leaves, but I always let a few plants flower & go to seed - it'll self-propagate. Catnip is a perennial and although the stalks die back during our winter, there's usually a volunteer or two down by the soil that will grow, too. Eventually, though, the plant will die, which is why I always let a few go to seed.


Thanks Mountain Witch, good info. about leaving some flower to seed, I usually buy a pack of new seeds to add to the hanging basket.

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Posted 28 January 2019 - 08:59 PM

Yesterday I bought my first 6 paks of new seeds, including Catnip seeds. Seeds are like hope in a package, you plant them and you hope they will grow.
I also got Black Hollyhocks, Sweet peas, Beetroots, Marigolds and Sunflowers.

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