Cathy Isom has covered a lot of plants for your garden. Today, she has a few reasons why you should be growing catnip for your furry friends. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
Catnip is one of 250 species in the mint family. It’s known by many names, including Catswort, Catmint, Field Balm, and Nep, just to name a few. These plants can grow as tall as three or four feet, depending on their location.
These lovely little blooms are a magnet for pollinators, which are welcome visitors in any garden. Additionally, you’ll be happy to know that catnip is an excellent choice for container gardening. This makes it ideal for a balcony or windowsill herb garden. In addition to attracting pollinators to your garden, catnip repels several lesser-known pests. In fact, it’s effective at repelling asparagus beetles, Colorado potato bugs and squash bugs.
Although it does take some time and a good dose of patience to learn how to grow catnip from seed, the adult plants are quite easy to care for. Share it with your cats, brew some into tea, and enjoy the butterflies it’ll attract.
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