This is the second year I’ve grown catnip for the kitties. I started it from seed and grew it in the raised bed area of the main veggie garden. I haven’t had a problem with cats, perhaps because the garden is fenced in, but I’m happy that is the case.
I harvested it earlier this year when the buds were well developed. I cut several big bunches of it and hung it in the barn to dry. Today I finally got around to processing it.
I simply rub the dry stalks between my hands over a large plastic tub. Some of the stems break off, so I pick some out but don’t get too worked up over it. Once the majority of leaves have come off the stalks, I give the stalks to Ocho, and crush the leaves up a bit more, then bag it. This year I netted 4.5 ounces — that should be enough to keep the kitties happy for a while.