Sunday, 22 April 2018

ten, nine, eight...

Seven, six, five...

Four.

Three.

Two.

One.

GERMINATION!

We HAVE germination, my friends.  I repeat, WE HAVE GERMINATION.

MOUSES!

And the peep didn't think I could do it.

Well I sure showed her wrong.

Ha!  Silly ol' peep.

MOUSES!

As many of you know, my Peep #1 is totally useless when it comes to growin' the nip.  And when I say totally, I mean, TOTALLY.  And when I say useless, I mean...

Well...

Well I mean WORSE than useless, for sure.

MOUSES!

So anyway...

So anyway, a couple months back, I decided to take nip growin' matters into my own four paws and start growin' the nip, myself, on account of my bein' a cat that REALLY NEEDS his nip.

And also on account of the peep not bein' able to grow it for me.

MOUSES!

Now my fur-sibs had their doubts 'bout my nip-growin' skills, as did the peep, but I figured that whatever happened, I was bound to do better than Ol' Peepers, on account of her total lack of nip-growin' skills, causin' her to be able to grow absolutely nothin'.

And when I say nothin', I mean NOTHIN', as in a nadda wadda nincompoop, nothin' at all.

And speakin' of nincompoops, you've met my first peep, have you?

MOUSES!

But back to that nip.

My fur-sibs were sayin' stuff like, Seville, if the peep can't grow nip, how will you?  And, But Seville, you don't even know HOW to grow the nip.

Well I thought 'bout what they were sayin' for a bit before giving 'em a reply, and my reply was, How HARD can it be?  I just have to do the exact opposite of whatever was done by the peep.

MOUSES!

So anyway...

So anyway, I got myself some plant pots, and filled 'em with bags of pottin' mix.

Interestin' fact:  Did you know that bags of kitty litter look a lot like bags of pottin' mix?  Yeah, neither did I.  BUT I DO NOW.  MOUSES!

Well I tossed out that ol' litter and filled up the plant pots with the proper pottin' mix, planted me some nip seeds, and set the pots outside on the veranda.  Then it was time to play that ol' game called, waiting.

Interestin' fact:  Did you know that the waitin' game is not an actual game?  Not only that, it's not the least bit fun to play.  Yeah, neither did I.  BUT I DO NOW.  MOUSES!

So anyway...

So anyway, I settled myself down, and started to wait.

And wait.

AND WAIT.

I waited for like an ETERNITY, for sure.

In fact, I waited so long, I was beginnin' to think our house must be jinxed or something, 'cause absolutely NOTHIN' was happenin' at all!  I was even startin' to think that maybe - just maybe - the peep's inability to grow the nip was not entirely her fault.

MOUSES!

But then the other day, my prayers were answered, my friends.  My prayers were answered, for sure!  The other mornin', I went to check on my nip pots - as I have been doin' every day, twice a day, for I don't know how long - and...

And I found little bits of green comin' out of the soil!  Yes, my friends, little bits of nippy fresh green!

Well I did a little jig.  Right there on the spot!

Interestin' fact:  Did you know that a cat doin' a gig on said cat's front veranda attracts the attention of all said cat's neighbours?  Yeah, neither did I.  BUT I DO NOW.  MOUSES!

So anyway...

So anyway, I finished doin' my gig before shooin' away those gawkin' neighbours, then dashed inside the house to tell everyone the good news.

WE HAVE GERMINATION!  WE HAVE GERMINATION!  THE NIP SEEDS ARE GERMINATIN', FOR SURE.  MOUSES!

Yup, that's just what I said.  I said it exactly like that, too.

And ANY DAY NOW, I'm expectin' my first crop of nip, and...

What?  What's that?  What's that you're babblin' on about now, Peepers?

What chickens?  I don't have no chickens.  And why should I be countin' chickens I don't even have?

I should be countin' their eggs?  No, the eggs in the fridge?  Peepers, do you need me to count the fridge eggs for you, so you know how many you have?  Are you plannin' on makin' me a nip omelet or somethin'?  Maybe a souffle?  Can you not count those eggs all by yourself?  Do you not have enough claws with which to count?

What?

WHAT?

Awww...  MOUSES!

Apparently, accordin' to the peep, this nip growin' business is not as easy as I first thought.  APPARENTLY, gettin' the seeds to germinate was only the first step.  Now I have to GROW the plants to a harvestable size.

There's always a catch, my friends.

ALWAYS A CATCH.

MOUSES!

50 comments:

  1. The miracle ! Yay for nip germination ! Purrs

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  2. Good luck on growing your nip. Seville.

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    1. Thanks! I'm hopin' that if I keep the peep away from it, it'll be okay. purrs

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  3. For some reason growing that nip here is not successful either. Maybe I should put a cat in charge?

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    1. Yup, that's EXACTLY what you should do. purrs

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  4. Growing proper nip is definitely an art. And a science. AND real, real impawtant too.

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  5. Meowser, you've sure learned a lot from this experiment Seville! Good luck with the nip growing. Mom bean says she finds it grows best as a volunteer but how you get the nip to put their hand up is beyond us.

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    1. Volunteerin', huh? Hmmm... I don't know how they'd put up their hands, either. MOUSES!

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  6. Our peeps have zero gardening skills Seville so we never see fresh grown anything!

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  7. Your human is right, Seville. All manner of things could happen - weather that's too rainy or a drought, or neighbor kitties (or - gasp! - maybe even family members) sampling the fresh young shoots before they have a chance to mature into full leaf. You'd better stay close to those seedlings. Oh, and not sample them before their time either.

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    1. Yeah, keepin' my fur-sibs away from my nip babies is gonna be super difficult, for sure. MOUSES!

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  8. The tricky part is making sure no-one munchies on the young nip plants before they get a chance to grow. Good luck Seville.

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  9. Yup, that first is so tedious and then those little shoots take ages to grow proper leaves, but once they started growing them, you'll have way more than you know what to do with, believe me I know MOL Then again, I don't have all your family after my nip, so maybe yours will need some extra protection?
    Toodle pips and purrs
    ERin

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    1. I'm thinkin' I might need to put 'em in a cage for protection. purrs

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  10. We'll go for nip germination over nip germs any day! Concats on your success! We knew you could do it! - Tom

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    1. Nip germs? Nip GERMS? Surely there can be no such thing. MOUSES!

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  11. Girlfriend, you can do anything!

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    1. When a kitty puts his mind to somethin', a kitty can do just about anythin' a kitty needs to do! purrs

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  12. Well done Seville! I am sure you will have a wonderful crop soon. Best to keep it in pots though because when I planted some, after the first year it spread like weeds. Flynn was happy though.

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    1. Spread like weeds? Wow. That would be GLORIOUS, for sure. purrs

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  13. So many hoops to jump through, Sivvers! My Momma is bad with plants ... the last one we had met a grisly death. Oh, wait. I ate it. But she left it out for me! Just saying. ~Bear Cat

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    1. The thing about my peep is... She can grow OTHER things. It's just the nip she kills. That's why I'm not lettin' her near my little seedlings. MOUSES!

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  14. *whispers* You know, you could have quite the nip business going on the side.

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    1. I've ALWAYS wanted to invest in nip futures or be a Gentleman Nip Farmer. Either one would be great. purrs

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  15. Hahahaha! Karma-Kat says he'll be right over to "help" you deal with the 'nip, cuz he's just that kinda kitty. MOL!

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    1. Ummm... Exactly what does he mean by "dealin'?" MOUSES!

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  16. You are a great storyteller my Taty has tried to germinate her garden but not success until me mom took action LOL

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    1. With me it's the other way 'round. Peep #1 can't grow nip to save her soul. I'M the one growin' it now. MOUSES!

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  17. HA HA HA - Seville you just learned that patience is an awful thin and we cannot wait to see when they are all grown, this peeps is lousy at growing things also

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    1. It really is. And peeps thing patience is a virtue? How come virtues have to be so hard? MOUSES!

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  18. Enjoy your nip! I hear that meowing to your nip shows it that you love it and it will grow faster and taste better so meow away!

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    1. It does? REALLY? Oh, I'm gonna go outside and meow to it right now. Thanks for the tip! purrs

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  19. Good luck growing your nip! You are a great storyteller and made me laugh out loud! :)

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    1. You enjoyed my blog post? I LOVE hearin' when peeps like my posts. PURRS

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  20. Heehee- congrats on your nip growing skills. Just keep the peeps clear and I am sure you will go on to further post germination success. Magic paws for sure.

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    1. Yup, that's exactly what I'm gonna do. Peep #1 is not gettin' anywhere near my baby nips. MOUSES!

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  21. I grew catnip once for my old cat! He really loved it. Best of luck to you with growing your nip :)

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    1. Thanks! So far, so good. I'm purrin' they'll grow big and strong, soon. purrs

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  22. I grew catnip once for my old cat! He really loved it. Best of luck to you and your plant!

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  23. That is very exciting news! I was hoping to grow some for my cat this spring, but sadly he passed away last week.

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    1. Oh, I'm so very sad to hear 'bout your fur-baby. Peep #1 says that in Heaven there are lovely fields of nip where kitties can chase butterflies. She says Nissy is in those Heavenly nip fields right now. Maybe your fur-baby is with him, and together, they're chasin' butterflies. PURRS

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  24. WooHOO GO you buddy I am so proud of my green fingered friend!!

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    1. Yup, I've got the green claws, for sure. UNLIKE THE PEEP. MOUSES!

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  25. That's just awesome! Nip does take loooong to sprout, but the wait is worth it. Soon you will have your very own nip grow op! MOL Can we come and play? xx Sly Pie and the Chirpies

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    1. A grow op... A GROW OP... Oh my mouses... MY DREAM. PURRS.

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