After the jump: Links to the DIY directions for the plant above and more on this book, a recommendation from Garden Rant, which helps you get more from your groceries.
I am sure most of you figured out the picture above is from a pineapple top. I found a very good set of directions online. After preparing the top I let it grow roots in water for a few weeks and then potted it up. It's enjoying its sunny window, and even if it doesn't bear fruit it is a plant with great looks.
And here is a bit about pineapples from Wikipedia. You might be surprised to read about this fruit - which is from a plant, not a tree, and is formed from the compressed fruits of multiple flowers.
The book, above, was posted on Garden Rant this past week and got a very nice endorsement from Amy Stewart. It teaches how to grow plants from what you normally would be throwing out. You can purchase it at Powell's online. And at $11 it's not going to break the bank - it's a great book to keep in mind for a gift. I can imagine this being especially fascinating for kids - but I am just as excited to get my hands on a copy in the near future and try to grow more plants from my scraps.
matt at apartment therapy dot com