|What could have been|
The second plant, I noticed what it was before unceremoniously yanking it from the ground, so I carefully transplanted it to its new home. I was waiting to see how it would fare before writing this post though. Then today, I was weeding in the garden and noticed the little kittennip (that's what baby catnip plants are properly called, right?) plant was gone! Completely gone! Not a trace left of it. I think something must have ate it in the night or something.
Definitely am seriously bummed!
I don't have any cats, in case you are wondering. In fact, I'm horribly allergic to cats and prefer to stay far, far away from the adorable little fuzzballs, since I value my ability to breathe.
Why am I so upset about losing a couple catnip plants then? Catnip isn't just for kittehs you know!
Catnip has many uses beyond getting Kitty high. It can be used as a herb in cooking and goes really well with lemon and chicken. It can also be used as a tea to help aid sleep, to calm someone, or to help bring down a fever. You can also rub the plant on yourself as a mosquito repellent, or, if you are crafty enough, make essential oil from it to make a super potent homemade mosquito spray, more powerful than commercial products containing DEET...and it's a lot safer than DEET containing sprays as well!
And all that is just off the top of my head!
I'm sure it has many other uses too that I haven't thought of at the moment, but since I'm in catnip mourning until I can find more catnip plants, I don't feel like looking up more or citing my sources for the uses I've listed, or even digging up my recipe for lemon catnip chicken (goes great on rice!). I suppose I could buy some catnip seeds or probably even plants, but considering it is a fairly prolific weed, that doesn't seem very thrifty to me! Instead, I'll keep my eyes open and find some more freebie plants, somewhere. Maybe even growing in my garden again.