So I’m thinking about getting into the catnip business…
I realize the above photo is pretty poor quality, but I thought it would be fun to post it as yet another demonstration of the power of vermicompost! There is a tomato plant somewhere in there, and of course the Clematis up above, but most of the foliage you see belongs to what seems to have become a catnip bush! The plants in this bed are certainly getting plenty of nutrients from my big worm bin, but this is also one of the beds I’ve been adding food scraps to this year, so that likely helps as well.
Our cats stay indoors full-time so they don’t get to romp in the catnip bed – what’s hilarious actually, is that when our cat Monty DOES manage to escape (seems to be his mission in life), he runs right past the catnip, straight to the lawn where he consumes as much grass as quickly as he can before his inevitable capture.
Last year, the catnip plant (which was a decent size, but not the monster it is this year) was a regular stop for the outdoor cats in the neighbourhood. I remember one black cat in particular that made multiple visits – he/she even rolled around on the deck, as if to tease our cats (who were at the window intently watching).