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Growing Cat Grass

by Kay Wedel-Landrum –

Cat GrassAs the weather turns colder, your cat may start looking for some greens to nibble on. If your cat has been nibbling on your houseplants, it may be time to grow him an indoor garden of his own. Cat grass is actually oat, wheat, rye grass or a combination of the three. Most cats enjoy nibbling on the grass and they derive some nutrients from it as well. Growing cat grass indoors in a pot gives indoor cats a taste of the outdoors. Try growing cat grass for an adult cat or a new kitten, as it may encourage them to chew on the grass instead of your lovely houseplants.

Step 1
Fill a 6 to 8-inch diameter pot with Fertiloam Ultimate potting mix. Leave a 1/2 to 1 inch space between the top of the soil and the rim, so the soil doesn’t wash out when you water.

Step 2
Sprinkle one to two pinches of cat grass seed on the soil surface. Spread the seeds evenly over the top of the soil, and then cover them with a 1/4 inch layer of more potting mix.

Step 3
Thoroughly water the soil, some excess moisture will drain out the bottom of the pot. Allow the excess moisture to drain for approximately 30 minutes then empty the saucer so the pot doesn’t sit in standing water.

Step 4
Place the pot in a sunny window sill. A south facing window is best, but any window where the pot receives around six hours of sunlight will work.

Step 5
Check on for water about 2 times a week. Water the soil as needed to keep it moist but not soggy, emptying the saucer after each watering. Move the pot to an area that receives sunlight but is within reach of your cat once the grass is 2 inches long.
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