The best catnip for your cat is the plant you grow in your home or garden because you will know the catnip is free of pesticides, insecticides, weed killers and other harmful chemicals. After you have planted your catnip seeds and have grown your own catnip, you maybe left wondering what to do next. Once your Catnip plants are approximately 20 to 24 inches tall, it is time to harvest your Catnip and dry it for your cat. It is actually a very easy process to dry your own Catnip. After growing and drying your own Catnip once, you will never go back to buying it because it really is so easy. Being that Catnip is such a fast growing plant, you will not have to wait all that long and neither will your cat.
When the Catnip has grown to approximately 20 to 24 inches tall, it is ready to be cut and dried.
Remove all of the leaves from the Catnip plant and set them on the side.
Cut the stems of the Catnip plant to ground level.
Stack the Catnip stems into 2 to 4 inch bunches.
Hang the tied bunches of Catnip upside down to dry. Hang them in a dry area, sheltered from the weather and out of the sun. A dry warm basement, garage or shed all very good drying areas.
Spread out a fairly thick layer of newspaper on a flat surface. Lay the Catnip leaves on top of the newspaper to dry. When spreading the Catnip leaves out to dry be sure they are in a single layer. do not make a pile of Catnip leaves because the ones on the bottom and in the middle will not dry properly, they will most likely becomes moldy and will have to be thrown away. Keep the leaves in a dry are out of the direct sunlight while drying.
When the Catnip is dry it will crumble easily. Depending on where you are drying your Catnip, the drying process can take anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks.
After the catnip is fully dried, take 2- 3 inch by 3 inch squares of material, place Catnip in the center and sew the 2 squares together for quick organic catnip toys.
Use cotton string to tie a bunch of dried stems at each end and in the middle. Allow your cat to play with the tied Catnip stems and he or she will love you forever or at least until she runs out of Catnip.