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  • P. Allen Smith's Garden Home

P. Allen Smith | 1-2-3 Done! - Plants for Pets | PBS

Duration: 01:52
Program: P. Allen Smith's Garden Home

Plants like catnip and dill are attractive to many pets because of their unique aroma. Cat owners know how much their pets love catnip. But you may not realize catnip is also an easy to grow garden plant that can make a beautiful addition to a container. Catnip is a member of the mint family which evokes an enthusiastic reaction from most cats. They go wild for it, rolling around and purring and rubbing against the plant. However, it has no scent for humans. A hardy plant that looks similar to mint, it is very easy to grow. In the summer, catnip will produce clusters of white flowers accented with purple dots. Keep plants full by pinching the growing stems and flower buds when they appear. The small white flowers that appear in the summer will form seeds that sprout; the plant also spreads by underground runners. Dill is not only loved by cats, caterpillars are enthralled by them. Dill is a wonderful food source for caterpillars that will eventually evolve into beautiful butterflies. Dill likes full sun and rich well-drained soil. The plant enjoys mild weather and does well in the spring and fall. So if you want to plant for your pets, give catnip and dill a try.

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Post Date: July 11, 2011