Back in May I posted about the sad fate of some catnip plant starts another friend had given me. I vowed to learn from that experience and do better this time.
These plants are giant, so hopefully it will be more difficult for me to kill them!
Oliver checking out the quality of the bud
I decided to locate the catnip over by the fence, between the Dining Hall and Oliver's house. The weeds had grown tall here, so this was going to require a lot of work to prep for planting the nip.
While I was busily breaking my back and pulling weeds in the blistering sun, Theo and Nahum supervised from the window.
Oliver thought it best to supervise Theo and Nahum's supervising. Projects always go better when there are several layers of management.
When Oliver wasn't supervising my labor, he continued his rigorous quality control tests. No need to go to all the hard work to relocate the nip if it's not of good quality.
Oliver has a very relaxed management style, meaning he relaxes while he supervises my hard labor!
Catnip plants, relocated and protected by a temporary chicken wire fence. The fence is to keep the ferals from butchering the plant before it has a chance to thrive. If the ferals enjoy the nip in moderation the fence may go away, if they abuse the nip, I'll install a more permanent fence. Remember, always use in moderation!
Then comes the product testing with a real live feral cat.
This cat looks to be enjoying the fresh nip.
The old "eat the nip over the back" maneuver. Must be some good nip!
Love the fresh nip and how your cats are taste testing it!ReplyDelete
all that snoopervision resulted in a great job! I like the idea of the chicken wire around it keeping the base safe while it establishes.ReplyDelete
They look very tasty. I wish we had plants like that in our yard.ReplyDelete
Great supervising job, everyone! I love Oliver's supervising style - I relax and let the human do a hard work. Hahaha. The nip looks huge. I hope everyone will enjoy!ReplyDelete
That's so cool! Looks like it may be quite challenging for the nip with so many admirers! Mommy is still trying to find catnip seeds or plants for us...nothing so far. :(ReplyDelete
applause to the snoopervisors - good job all around. we seriously gotta get mom to plant us some of that!!ReplyDelete
Several layers of management - hilarious! ;)ReplyDelete
Love all the snoopervisors. Oliver must be pretty zonked out from all of his product testing!ReplyDelete
it's so cute watching kitties get a 'nip high! unfortunately, my cats don't react at all.ReplyDelete
interesting fact: there's a gene that's responsible for a cat's sensitivity to catnip and about 80% of Australia's non-pedigree cat population don't have the gene. so I just watch North American niphigh kitties on the internet instead!
We hope that nip thrives...it's gonna be so good!!ReplyDelete
OMC, that is a big nip plant. We'll be waitin come harvest time.....ReplyDelete
What a wonderful entertaining post! Enjoy kitties! :)ReplyDelete
We want to come over and borrow some nip! We love catnip, it's soooo good. We hope you are enjoying yours :)ReplyDelete
wow!!! I'm coming right over!! It's a "nip fest!!"ReplyDelete