Compost for Catnip

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As I mentioned in my post on litter, one of the first things mom ordered when we moved here was a big composter. It was raining when it arrived so it never even made it to the garage. Mom drug it into the family room (the box was really big and kind of heavy) where it stayed for some time. Mom’s friend, Kelly, said it made a good coffee table.

Composting for Catnip

It was in the family room so long, it even got a cat bed put on it for a while!

Seems like every time it stopped raining, the composter took a backseat to another outdoor project that needed to be done — usually involving the horses. Mom would’ve put it together inside but it was too big and wouldn’t fit through any of the doors once it was finished.

Mom started gathering her tools

Mom started gathering her tools

Finally, a few days before Christmas, mom and Kelly’s mom started working on it. We watched them through the window for a while but it went on forever and was pretty boring. There were so many pieces and about midway through, I heard mom laugh and say, “I had no idea there were so many parts. Let’s send it back!”

We watched for a while but it was pretty boring

We watched for a while but it was pretty boring

It was quite chilly outside and getting colder as the afternoon went on and after about three hours they decided their fingers were too numb to finish. They would finish it the next day. But, of course, guess what happened. It rained. Another short delay, but it was finally finished and happily making compost by Christmas Day.

Finally, that thing was in the yard where it belonged and this beautiful, huge box was mine!

Finally, that thing was in the yard where it belonged and this beautiful, huge box was mine!

Mom said in the spring she’ll grow us lots of catnip in the compost. (I knew this composting thing was all about us.) She’s also been looking for a place to buy silver vine plants. Apparently, because they’re so new to the US, they’re pretty hard to find. Of course, this is just research. She won’t buy the plants until spring and maybe they will be easier to find by then. If you know of a source, please let mom know. She’s going to order us some toys stuffed with silver vine so we can check it out but I think it’ll be really fun to grow our own next year.

Before I sign off for today, I want to send out purrs to my blogging friends who are sick and injured. Wishing you a speedy recovery Flynn, Cody and Joe the Donkey. I also have several non-blogging Facebook friends who are not doing well. I am purring for them too.

Christy Paws


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17 Responses to Compost for Catnip

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  2. Can’t wait to see what you end up with!

  3. Oh I bet those will be some of the biggest catnip plants ever! Love your new big boxes!

  4. Your catnip plant is going to love the place on the compost ! Purrs

  5. Deziz World says:

    We wuld like to gwo sum of dat owselves, but mommy dusn’t do much outside gawdenin’ these days. We found you sum seeds here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Actinidia-polygama-or-Silver-Vine-10-seeds-/360872191761?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5405a8a711 or here: http://www.georgiavines.com/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=338

    Good luck.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

  6. We bet you guys will get some good catnip now!

  7. Summer says:

    Maybe that’s one of the reasons why the catnip here is so mediocre – no compost!

  8. da tabbies o trout towne says:

    guys…from all we have heard, your mom will need two, a male and female plant, & though they are on back order she might try this site:

    http://www.georgiavines.com

    best fishes !! ♥♥

    • Christy Paws says:

      Thanks! We did see that site and in fact have it bookmarked to check on later. Here’s another site we just found: http://www.lazyssfarm.com. Although mom does plan to try to get both a male and female plant, you only need both if you want fruit and seeds. All I care about is the leaves and stems!!! After all, it is all about me, right?

  9. That box looks so big and like it’s lots of fun! Good luck with the composting – Mom and Dad say they want to start doing that too. I wonder if that means we will get homegrown nip too?!? Hopefully!!!

  10. I love the sound of this Silvervine catnip. I would like to find seeds for this coming year. When you find out where we can get them…let me know…will ya Christy? I will look about in the Canadian sources but am not hopeful….the US always seem to have these things first.
    I was so sorry to hear about Joe the Donkey, Cody and Flynn and we have the machines on for them….they should be vibrating from all the purrs and prayers.

    (((Shoko)))

  11. Annie says:

    Wow! Your mom is pretty cool. I hope you guys find silvervine. Who knows? Maybe you can make and sell your own silvervine or silvervine cat toys.

  12. Sammy says:

    Oh boy! Compost will make your plants grow like crazy! I don’t react to catnip but I sure do like silvervine and I didn’t know you could even BUY the plants here in the USA…..GOOD LUCK….How pawsome it would be to become a silvervine farmer Christie!

    Hugs, Sammy

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