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janeyw on
September 3, 2018
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Q. Is it safe to start a new raised veggie bed on a site where pennyroyal used to be? I am weeding now and will buy new compost to fi

Is it safe to start a new raised veggie bed on a site where pennyroyal used to be? I am weeding now and will buy new compost to fill bed.
Thank you. Janey

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 4, 2018
Certified Expert
A.

As long as all the plant material, leaves, roots and seeds are removed; it should be no issue planting other plants in your garden.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 1, 2019

Q. Pennyroyal

Hello, I love your site and the info contained, very helpful. I have grown and used Pennyroyal as natural flea repellent for my cats for over 30 years, with no illness or bad side effects. I shared to a cat website I often post on, and a lady responded that Pennyroyal is toxic to cats and kills them. If this is true, I want to remove my post from that site, that states that it is safe to grow in garden and use as natural flea repellent in pet’s beds. Thank you, Ann Davis, email is annatoby@hotmail.com. FB page is Ann Davis and Ann L Toboyko. Thanks again!

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
February 2, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

Yes, they are toxic to cats. There is one thing about cats that should be noted as important. They are strictly carnivores. They do not typically eat vegetation, but sometimes young kittens can be tempted to chew on the wrong things. Most cats will leave it alone, but it is poisonous to cats.

All this being said, it is often used as a repellent. Cats will not usually eat something that is toxic to them. So although it is toxic, there is little chance of a cat actually eating this.

This article will offer some more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/animals/cat-repellent.htm

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