Life’s Little Hiccups

We started our seeds for the vegetable garden last week. Mom showed me the seeds today and my friends, their efforts have been pitiful. We are growing cilantro, summer savoury, buttercup squash, Silvervine catnip and sunflowers. The sunflowers are for the flower garden but mom wans to see a couple in my veggie garden too. I’m most concerned about the Silvervine mom, we know its fussy. The only thing we can do Shoko is wait and see if these sprouts are really Silvervine and not weeds.

tray of seeds

tray of seeds

We used a good starter soil….Miracle Gro but after examining the bag, it doesn’t say,”weed free.”

Miracle Gro starter soil

Miracle Gro starter soil

You know mom let’s start some more squash and the sweet peas we saved from last year. The tall transplants of sweet peas are really hard to find around here. I like that idea Shoko.

What’s that racket mom. Sounds like Beatrice and Kali are having a disagreement. Get away from that table Beatrice Castorella!

Now tell us Beatrice, what has you so upset. Kali was so rude to me….she called me a skank beaver….cause I didn’t like her idea. Kali!! I’m surprised at you. Well, gee whiz mom, I’m trying to help Bea with the bling and clothes we have and she doesn’t seem to like anything.

I think we need some other stuff for her mom. Then I wouldn’t get feeling all smacky paw with her. Hmmm…you’re right Kali…I’ll go this afternoon and look for a bigger selection for Beatrice. Will this solve the problem between you two? Oh yes. Kali is a great friend…let us tell you what would be nice…

I guess our seed planting will have to wait till tomorrow Shoko. We need to soak the sweet pea seeds for 24 hours anyway mom.

44 thoughts on “Life’s Little Hiccups

  1. The Canadian Cats Post author

    No cat grass here…we have it in the backyard now. Granted its brown right now but soon it will look like its painted green. Beatrice thanks you for your lovely compliment. Mom went shopping for her today so she has more bling to work with. haha

    (((Shoko)))

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  2. DezizWorld

    Wow yous gunna gwo silvervine? Dat’s pawsum. We fur sure can’t wait to see dat. And we can’t wait to see what Kali and Bea do. Hav a good time shoppin’.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      Hi gals, Yep, mom and I are growin’ silvervine….paws crossed, that the seedlings have sprouted and we are not growing weeds.

      Bea and Kali seem to be much happier now that mom has brought home more selection of bling.

      (((Shoko)))

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      1. DezizWorld

        MOL It wuld be ow luck to be gwowin’ weeds Shoko. MOL But weez got ow pws ccwossed yous got da vine. Glad to hear da Kali and Bea awe duin’ much better.

        Luv ya’

        Dezi and Lexi

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  3. The Canadian Cats Post author

    They are hard to find Ellen. However if you know where to look its much easier. Silvervine is Japanese catnip and is not a perennial. It must be inside for the winter or bring seeds inside for the following year. Look up Georgiavines on-line and they have it. It is expensive though…..$20 for 10 seeds. The seeds are ultra tiny.

    (((Shoko)))

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    1. pilch92

      Thanks for letting me know where to get them.At that price, I will just buy the already harvested one just in case mine didn’t grow. Good luck with yours- you deserve a Botany badge at Cat Scouts for that. Make sure you stop by and enter our giveaway.

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      1. The Canadian Cats Post author

        That’s a good idea for cat scouts….suggest it to denmaster…a Botany Badge. I see one seed that has shoots…it must be a silvervine. Apparently one person on the blog says she can buy the transplant….its expensive too…$20 a transplant. I will enter your giveaway although we are a winning family.

        (((Shoko)))

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      Oh Marty, its so good to hear from you! I’m all excited now. Yep, we’ve started the seeds for the garden. Have you ever heard of Silvervine before? It is suppose to help older cats that no longer get a zip from the normal catnip. You guys are going to have your own catnip? Super duper! Tomatoes too…wow….your mom will love the fresh tomatoes.

      (((Shoko)))

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  4. kittiesblue

    Seems as if you have a whole lot going on at your house. Hope your seedlings are not weeds, and you get some nommy silvervine. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  5. catfromhell

    Mommy buyed silvervine seeds online last year to goes in the garden, but then her and me went to Calgary. Mes wonders where they went to, Mommy will has to look…..
    Thanks for reminding us!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      Oh Nellie…if they went in the garden in Calgary, I don’t think they’ll be there anymore…if they did grow…this type of catnip is Japanese and is an annual. Calgary can be strange and not too cold so just maybe….there’s somethin’ left. Hope so my friend.

      (((Shoko)))

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  6. Christy Paws

    Mom says you are very brave to try silvervine from seed. She started just today trying to find my vines, but plants not seeds. Plants and seeds both are hard to come by but we’ll have some planted soon some how!

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      Is it possible to get the silvervine already in a transplant? We have catnip transplants here in stores but we have catnip in the garden….the perennial. I think one silvervine is taking off….this sprout has side shoots coming so doubt its a weed.

      (((Shoko)))

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      1. Christy Paws

        It is possible but they are not cheap. $15-$20 for a 1′-2′ plant. The place I located last year is going out of business and they are out of silvervine! They did refer me to another company which I will be checking out today. Watch for my post on it. I may contact you for input on the post! Be sure to let me know how your seedlings do.

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      2. The Canadian Cats Post author

        That sure is not cheap! This is an annual plant too…have you found a way to winter it over….like cuttings or slips? In the house naturally. I’ll keep an eye out for your post. Thanks for the info.

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      3. Christy Paws

        It is supposed to be hardy to zone 4 (4-9). Not sure where you are. We are in 8b, so even though we do get freezing and some snow, it is not a worry for mom. The vines can grow to 15′ and we plan to grow them on our back fence.

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      4. The Canadian Cats Post author

        I thought it was only an annual from what mom has read. It would be so attractive on your back fence. We are zone 3….some zone 4 plants do last the winter but this was not suppose to…it would be awesome if it was there year after year….You’d be giving out silvervine to kitties on the blogs. haha

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  7. easyweimaraner

    oh is that true? the seeds of weed can be in that soil? wow… guess what? my mom hds a “senior moment” while watching the photo of Beatrice on the table… she thought there is a big cookie behind her… oh mom… that’s the beaver tail!!!! think we should put glasses for my momma on our shopping list, huh?

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      Yep Easy, there are weeds in the soil….The summer savoury has way more shoots coming up than mom planted so weeds. Your mom is funny…although her tail does look like a cookie. I think its a great way to slow her down….just step on her tail….

      (((Shoko)))

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  8. onespoiledcat

    Bravo! Getting ready for plant season – Good for you…….we’re a couple of weeks away from having consistent enough weather that we can begin for the year I’m afraid. The only thing that’s growing right now are weeds. My Mom is VERY GOOD at that!

    Hugs, Sam

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  9. The Canadian Cats Post author

    Hi Sammy, I hope you and your pawents enjoyed your visitors. Our little plants don’t look that good, not everything is going to come up but I think there is some silvervine poking through too. This afternoom the sweet pea seeds get planted.

    (((Shoko)))

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  10. CatInTheFridge

    Oh, sprouts! How fabulous. We’re going to do tomatoes. We ordered a bunch. Of course, they’re locked up in the green houses so we can’t touch them.. but I’ve never cared much for eating plants anyway. Good luck with the silvervine! – Crepes.

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      You can use your greenhouse already? Wish we could….it’s way too cold out in the greenhouse yet. If, it would quit raining and the sun came out maybe it would be warm enough with a heater. I hope we get at least one silvervine….we shall see.

      (((Shoko)))

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      hehe…some weeds are cool….pretty little flowers. Somebody told me a “weed” is a plant you don’t want. So I guess even a catnip plant is a weed if you don’t want it….who wouldn’t want some nip?

      (((Shoko)))

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