Pet Crafts

A Basket for Bowser

Create a basket for Bowser -- or for Tabby, or for any other furry friend -- and your pet will thank you for it.

Cats love to munch on catnip and other good-smelling herbs. Dogs enjoy having their own little patch of grass to nibble on too. And other pets, such as hamsters, guinea pigs, and rabbits, also love fresh greens. It's like salad for pets!

What You'll Need:

Herb or grass seeds or seedlings

Basket without a handle

Plastic trash bag


Vermiculite and potting soil

Plastic wrap

How to Make the "Basket for Bowser" Craft

Find out what kind of "salad" your pet would enjoy. Then get seeds or seedlings for those plants.

Line the basket with plastic and poke a few small holes in the bottom for drainage. Put in a mixture of of half vermiculite and half potting soil. Plant the seedlings, or sprinkle the seeds on the soil. Water well.

If you're starting from seeds, put plastic wrap over them. Put the basket in a warm, sunny spot indoors. Keep it watered.

When the plants have grown to fill the basket, give your pet a present! If you keep the basket in a place where it gets light and keep it watered, the plants will keep growing to replace what your pet eats.

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