I don’t know about you, but my attempts at sprouting new life from kitchen scraps consists of a few slimy avocado pits stuck with toothpicks and suspended in water back when I was a kid. Did they sprout? A couple, yes. Did I ever eat an avocado I had grown myself? Not on your life.

But now Instructables offers a step-by-step guide on how to plant and grow your own pineapple using the bristly top part of the fruit. Pineapples can be grown in your backyard, or in a pot if you happen to live in a climate that won’t permit year-round outdoor cultivation. The photos look clear, the instructions easy, the payoff a treat. For the effort of a few minutes digging in the backyard, you could be enjoying fresh-off-your-own-stalk pineapple forever more.

The only catch is that it takes two to three years for a pineapple plant to mature and begin producing fruit. Better hope you don’t have to move in the interim, leaving all hope of fresh pineapple behind.

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