Some of you may remember from my container garden post last year that Andy and I try to grow things in our little back patio. We're not doing terribly well, because it's a very small space and it's quite shady. But, we've gotten a handful of cherry tomatoes in the past few months and our herbs save us a lot of money. Nacho is ambivalent about the catnip plant we got for her, but she does enjoy the cat grass. We've recently gotten creative and reclaimed the decorative garden beds at the front of our unit to plant chillies and thyme (where they actually get sunlight).
One plant that we've managed to keep alive for about two years is our pineapple. When we lived in the share-house we stuck the top of a pineapple into the ground to see what happened. When we moved out of that place we stuck the pineapple into a pot and brought it with us. It came with us to our first unit, and then it made the move again to where we are now. This is what it looked like last August, when it was one year old and still fruitless.
Just a few weeks ago Andy said he was thinking of chucking the pineapple plant so we could use the pot for something else. It's big and spiky and doesn't even give us any fruit.
That threat must have been some good motivation because shortly after that conversation I looked outside and saw some pink leaves. Well, you can imagine my excitement when I saw this in the centre of our pineapple plant...
A tiny fruit! I don't know how long pineapples take until they're ready, but in just a week it grew noticeably.
Okay, maybe it doesn't show so well in the photo but it has grown considerably. Hoepfully it won't be too long until it's ready!