Growing Cat Grass (Wheatgrass)

If you have indoor cats, a great thing to do for them is to grow some wheatgrass.  It takes little effort on your part, and they love it.

Here are some benefits of having wheatgrass available for your cats:

  • Flushes toxins
  • Helps digestion and breaks down hairballs
  • Help them expel hairballs by throwing them up
  • Lots of vitamins and minerals
  • They love chewing it, laying on it, etc.

And here’s what I use to have efficiency and quality in cheapest way possible:

  • You’ll need a container.  I use this one: Catit Senses Planter.  Here’s why: the cats tend to rip out the grass if you don’t have some kind of grid covering it to prevent them knocking it over and ripping out the whole thing at once, soil and all (the roots get really tangled up and come out all as one blob if this happens with a normal container.
  • Get you some soil.  I use Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix, but wheatgrass isn’t picky, you can use any soil you have on hand.  Use 1 cup.
  • Now for the seeds: it’s cheaper to buy in bulk.  Here’s what I personally get: Hard Red Wheatgrass – 5 Lb.  You’ll use about 1/4 cup per planting.
  • You’ll also need some water, and measuring cups if you’re very particular about the exact amounts, but really, you can just eyeball it.

How to plant the wheatgrass:

  1. Gather your ingredients
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  2. Take apart the planter into all three pieces
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  3. Fill the small inner container with your soil.  About 1 cup will do
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  4. Add the seeds.  About 1/4 cup, but a bit more if you want it to grow super thick
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  5. Mix up the seeds with the soil.  Don’t worry if they’re not all entirely covered, they’re not picky about it 🙂
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  6. Put the planter back together, first the green top, then into the outer container
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  7. Add some water, about a 1/4 cup, but I eyeball it.  Just enough to moisten the soil
  8. Set in a dark place at room temperature (or a bit warm and humid) for a few days while the seeds sprout.  Once that happens, put them where they can get some light.  When the plants get about 2 inches tall, present them to your kitties and watch them fall in love with grass!

DIY Layered Scented Beeswax Candle

I had some wax leftover from making chapstick, and figured I’d try making a candle with it!  It turned out awesome, so without further ado, I’m sharing!

You will need:

Get started!

  1. Take your candle jar, and fill it with beeswax (to measure how much you will need), and pour it into a Pyrex measuring cup or other container safe for high heat.  Measure out the same amount again, and set aside
  2. Cut a piece of the crayon for the bottom layer of the candle and add it to the measuring cup with the beeswax.  Use as much or as little as you like, depending on how dark of a shade you want the candle to be.  I used a lot for the bottom layer (and less for the top layer to make it a few shades lighter)
  3. Get a saucepan or another stove-top safe container, place the measuring cup with the beeswax and crayon inside it, and fill the saucepan with water, making sure the level isn’t too high and you don’t get any water inside the measuring cup
  4. Place over medium-high heat, and heat until melted, stirring occasionally with the butter knife
  5. While your beeswax is melting, secure the candle wick to the center of the bottom of your candle jar with a bit of glue
  6. Remove the measuring cup from heat and let sit for a few minutes, then stir in the fragrance: use as much or as little as you’d like (10-20 drops for a smaller candle)
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  7. Making sure to keep the wick straight, pour the now-scented melted wax mixture into the container, it should fill it about halfway
  8. While it cools, repeat steps 4-7 with the other half of the beeswax you reserved in step 1, using either a different colored crayon, or, as I did, adding less for a lighter color this time.  You can also use a different scent to mix in, just make sure it would compliment the first one
  9. Let your candle cool at room temperature, trim down the wick to about a half-inch, or leave it to trim before use
  10. Top it off with a lid if you got one, and store until ready to use 🙂
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CAUTION: Please please please, be VERY careful with handling things in this how-to, they get very hot.  The water is clearly boiling, the glass heats up and can burn you, and clearly the wax is HOT HOT HOT.  Just please use common sense and handle things with care.  Good luck and happy upcycling!

NOTE: The links to the products in this post and others are the ones I personally ordered and used, and are my favorite.  You are of course, welcome to purchase them from any other source 🙂 these links may earn me a few cents if you do make the purchase using them.