Friday, 22 July 2016

The Pet Parade Blog Hop No: 153 ~ Hosted by Rascal & Rocco Co-Hosted by Basil & Love is Being Owned By A Husky & Barking from the Bayou

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Last week we mentioned that we were going to crop the catmint and it did actually happen!  But before we get to that, Summer at Sparkle Cat already beat us to it [Great minds think alike! MOL]  Summer cropped hers last Caturday, and we have a question or two fur her:-

Summer how's the nip drying where mew are?

and

How much potency do mew think will be lost in the drying process?

As we've neffur done this before, we're curious to learn more :)

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Here's a brief montage of our amazing furst time cropping skillz


It was all paws on deck as the call went out around the garden:

'The catnip cropping session is about to begin!'

The merchandise was taste tasted before selection, so we got the juiciest most potent stems.  As mew can see it all became a little too much fur Smoochie [lightweight! MOL] and he passed out due the intense aromas that burst forth as the snipping began.

Aftur we had several bunches, we deftly tied them up with some furry fetching green string, this in itself was great fun as mew know there's no better combo than nip and string!

A while later, we have no idea how much time did pass between the stringing and hanging but we then hung the bunches under the carport, which has a nice free flow of air and is quite dark so hopefully it will dry slowly and the aroma intensity will remain purretty potent - well we're hoping it will.  We'll have let mew know about that later though aftur the chopping process.

We still have a lot more to crop and the six new plants are coming along lovely which is a good thing as we discovered an ants nest in one of the mill-wheels and that purrticular plant is looking a little bit sickly.  We've given it some diluted seaweed extract and paws crossed, are hoping fur it to revive, but if not we'll put a new one in later in the year when the ants go deeper into the ground.

All in all it was a most successful furst harvest with the next one happening tomorrow.

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21 comments:

  1. The drying is going quite nicely here - but then, we have an arid climate and a drought going on. Since the active ingredient in nip is oily (at least I think that's how it works!), it should get MORE potent as it dries.

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    1. Excellent Summer! Yes it will dry much better in arid conditions, we a little more moist here! Well that's good news that it will get more potent - can't wait to find out.... the P.A. was cropping the white sage and making smudge sticks the other day, so we'll have to see how those turn out :D XOX

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  2. hoe picked nip? We're coming over! I didn't know it had flowers! Don't get too crazy with all that herb! ~RascalandRocco

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    1. Come on offur, we're going to have a nip mountain, plenty fur effurypurrdy! MOL XOX

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  3. Oooh, a future nip fest. Hope you are getting some of the good stuff now. :)

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    1. Funny Farmers, mew know we're sampling the goods as we wurk! MOL MOL XOX

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  4. Looks like you have a good crop to keep you all happy throughout the winter.

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    1. Hey Flynn, that's the plan and if mew get low we can always send mew some! XOX

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  5. Wow you have some MAJOR nip!!! I only dried mine out once (I only grew it one year).....I think the potency is quite good but Summer would know better catchatwithcarenandcody

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    1. Hi Caren & Cody, that's good to know that potency remains or increases! XOX

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  6. Well Basil while we's not Summer, we's dried nip a lot here in da South. So long as ya' don't mash da leaves, none of da potency is lost in dryin' and it usually goes purretty fast. Mommy dries ours in da sun most of da time, but she has brought some in da house befure cuz of weather and rain. Have a great weekend.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

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    1. Hi Dezi & Raena, we kept all the bunches quite small so the leaves didn't get crushed - thanks fur that excellent tip! XOX

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  7. Wow! That's quite the catnip crop!

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    1. Hey Island Cats, do mew want some? XOX

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  8. I am glad your drying is going well.

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    1. Thanks guys, we hope it is a success - we'll keep mew posted! XOX

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  9. Holy Cat, that's a whole lot of catnip! Good job with the harvesting, pals!

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    1. Hey guys, we're doing our best - but as it's our furst time cropping we're not quite sure of the end result, but no doubt we'll be writing about it in a future post! MOL XOX

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  10. Wow, what a lot of the nip!! Did you nip a lot while you nipped off the nip?? MOL! We are punny...

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    1. MOL MOL we did nip an awful lot while we nipped the nip! MOL How do mew know? MOL XOX

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