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October 9, 2004 3:04 PM   Subscribe

How to grow your own weed for your cats ...and you can also use it for tea-time!
posted by WolfDaddy (3 comments total)
If I may offer a few words of wisdom, having grown my own catnip as part of my vegetable garden a few summers ago...

1) It's really, really easy to grow. Open seed packet, sprinkle on soil, water occasionally, wait two months. That's it.

2) Cut the LEAVES, not just the floweing buds, even though for some strange reason you'd think the buds would be the active part.

3) When you've picked it and want to dry it, do NOT put it on a cookie sheet and put it in a half-open oven turned to low heat. Because while that will indeed help dry the catnip so it will keep better, your apartment will completely fill with catnip fumes which will sting your eyes slightly--and make your poor cat get completely stoned out of his gourd just from breathing. Catnip isn't psychoactive to cats because they eat it, it's psychoactive from its essential oils and its smell.

4) While trying to get rid of the smell in your apartment, do not sit down and watch "Requiem for a Dream" for the first time. Especially while your cat is still totally high. You'll feel guilty.
posted by Asparagirl at 11:18 PM on October 9, 2004

The other thing is, because catnip is a kind of mint, if you plant it outside, be prepared for it to take over your entire garden.
posted by biscotti at 12:18 AM on October 10, 2004

At my house, we discovered rasperries and catnip seem to get along great with each other. Which is useful because the thorns of raspberry plants prevent cats from rolling around your garden.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 10:26 AM on October 10, 2004

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