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Mini Cat Grass Garden

Updated on May 20, 2012
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Neil Allen loves sharing tips on ways to recycle things that are fun and useful things for everyone in the family.

My cat enjoying the grass.
My cat enjoying the grass. | Source

When I got a baked potato from Wendy’s a few weeks ago, I was looking at the container and realized it would make a great mini “greenhouse” to grow some grass for my cats. It worked out perfectly and makes for a great recycling project that can be done year round.

What You Need:

Plastic container with clear lid

Potting soil

Cat grass seeds



Spread the seeds over the soil.
Spread the seeds over the soil. | Source
Put the lid on to create the greenhouse.
Put the lid on to create the greenhouse. | Source
The grass is ready for eating.
The grass is ready for eating. | Source

What to Do:

1. Clean and dry the plastic container with the lid. For my project I used the baked potato container from Wendy’s.

2. Poke four holes in the bottom of the tray with an awl (sharp pointed scissors will work, too) to create drainage holes. A parent may want to do this part.

3. Fill the tray with potting soil.

4. Spread the cat grass seeds over the soil. You don’t have to worry about putting on too much. Just make sure you can still see soil.

5. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil so it is covered completely.

6. Water the soil so that it is moistened but not drenched.

7. Put the clear lid on top and set in a warm, brightly lit area but not in the direct sun.

7. When the seedlings have started to sprout (should be a few days), remove the lid and move to a sunny spot. Turn the lid upside down and place the tray on it, using it to collect excess water.

8. Water as needed.

9. When the grass is a few inches tall you can give trim it to a half-inch to keep it growing and healthy and give the clippings to your cat.

Note: You can use this set-up to start seeds to be planted outside later or for herbs.

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© 2012 Neil P Allen


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    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Neat idea all round!

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      Emer420 5 years ago

      Wow! This is a great idea. I'm going to make one tomorrow. :)

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      Sherry Duffy 5 years ago from Here. There. Everywhere. Currently: Portland, OR

      Great idea! I will do this for my pup! She is always eating grass from the lawn.