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Feline Friday – #92 – cat condo and micro greens

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Freddie and Frankie

It’s a law. Both cats are looking straight ahead into the camera. But as soon as the human clicks the shutter, one cat has to look away. Of course it would have to be Frankie The Monster.

Freddie and Frankie

I ordered a few things from Amazon this week. I placed all the boxes on the floor in a cat condo arrangement so they could take their pick. As you will note, there are two good size boxes available. Frankie has to cram himself into the least size-appropriate box. Nobody can accuse me of not providing him with adequately sized boxes.

Freddie and Frankie

Freddie curls up in one of the boxes but as soon as I run for the camera he decides to investigate my shoes while Frankie feigns indifference (as usual).

Freddie and Frankie

I rearrange the boxes and Frankie shows his versatility by choosing a larger box, even though there are two smaller boxes at hand (although out of the frame of the camera). It was probably because Freddie was in the box and Frankie decided to appropriate it… that is normal. Wherever Freddie is sitting or whatever he is doing, Frankie The Bully (aka The Monster) has to take over. And Gentle Giant Freddie lets him.

Freddie and Frankie

It was hot today in little old Culver City. 102° F (39° C). So the boys spent most of the day out on the front balcony catching whatever breezes they could.

Freddie and Frankie

I am quite the farmer these days, growing micro greens in pots on the balcony. My crops include kale, mustard, endive, basil, buckwheat. Also parsley and cilantro. The little plants grow to about an inch to two inches tall. Every day I harvest some for my salad.

Freddie and Frankie

I soak the seeds before planting in the soil. Here mustard and kale are soaking. I also make my own sprouted seeds (such as alfalfa, broccoli, radish) and a variety of beans. In the third jar are mung beans. Of course, sprouted seeds and beans don’t go into the soil, they are sprouted in their respective jars.

Both the micro greens and the sprouts are a lot of work… even more work than cats, believe it or not! But it’s fun watching everything grow. I’ve had some disasters and disappointments but I’ve learned from my mistakes and like everything else it’s a matter of getting a system down that works for you.

This is an article on the benefits of micro greens: https://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20120831/tiny-microgreens-packed-nutrients#1

Too bad I can’t get the cats to eat micro greens but Freddie eats the second growth of the wheatgrass/barley grass that I grow for my vitamin drink. My late cat Pharoah loved to eat the grass too. Click here for a post about Pharaoh with a photo of his pots of grass. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

24 thoughts on “Feline Friday – #92 – cat condo and micro greens

  1. My cats love grass and catnip and not much else in the way of greens.

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  2. Lovely cats. Cats are always worth for photographing.

    Happy weekend!

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  3. Yes! That’s a cat thing as soon as your ready to take photo they either turn away or walk away it’s as if they know us humans are invading their space. I tried Groening beans in jars. I gave up but reading your post makes me want to grow them again. When I first grew cat nip I always cover the small plant with a cut down plastic bottle. The worst thing is when your small plant is growing and you check on it next day and it has been chewed down to the root. It seems to work with the plastic bottles. Love the photos of Frankie and Freddie in the boxes. I did go over to check Pharoh out he’s so beautiful I always had ginger cats till now. x😻🐾🐾🐾

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    • Thanks Chris. Covering the little plants with a plastic bottle is a good idea… like a greenhouse effect. I now start my seeds that way when I first put them in the soil I cover them with a lid to keep them warm. Who is chewing down your seedlings. Bugs or a certain black cat?! I can’t grow my micro greens in flat trays as you are supposed to because my cats confuse the trays with litter boxes… that’s why I grow everything in flower pots! You have to be flexible when cats are around!

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  4. Awww – how adorable!

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  5. Looks like a fun day, since they didn’t have to share the boxes. No matter how many times you snap your fingers or make funny noises, they refuse to look at you!

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  6. My cat sat in one box till it was totally flattened, then just sat on the cardboard even though another box was available. I guess that first one was just a good box. I got my daughter’s cat some catnip, and it made it sick. I put the pot on the front porch and the neighborhood cat’s had a party that night. The pot was broken and the plant and dirt strewn over the whole porch.

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    • When you find a good box it’s hard to let it go! That’s why I’m afraid to grow catnip plants… don’t want to deal with the consequences!

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  7. Cats are so cute with their boxes. My kitten has already adopted two, one for hiding (on its side) and one for napping. My 17-yr. old kitty likes to shred the edges of hers!

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  8. Aha, a new industry for amazon to dominate! Adorable little ones-definitely known what they like!

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  9. Lovely models you have. It must be so fun photographing them.

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  10. I love the inappropriately sized box – too cute!

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  11. Loved your whimsical tenants and your microgarden,Roslyn.Thank you for the interesting link.The nutritional value of those little plants is incredible.They do flourish now,but do you have to take them indoors when it is cold?Btw,do the boys ever bicker when they have to share something?They seem to be getting along fine.

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    • it doesn’t really get cold enough in Culver City to have to bring them indoors…. the problem is the heat. They shrivel up and die if the sun is too much. The boys don’t bicker. If Frankie wants something he pushes Freddie out of the way and that is that!

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