What an inspiration! These lovely fresh vegetables can all be grown in your garden from seeds in Toronto. Succulent carrots and crisp lettuce, the choices are yours, what will you feed your family?


Pineapple Harvest

July 9, 2009 by strangefruit

my pineappleA couple of years ago I inherited a pineapple plant from a friend that was moving away from the island. Her fiance had grown it from the top of a store bought fruit, and the plant had been growing happily for a year or so. He told me he believed that pineapple plants were gendered, and that they would not bear fruit without cross pollination.

So when the pineapple plant later started to blossom, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the flower was followed by a budding fruit! I let the fruit get as ripe and yellow as I dared, worried that if I left it too long it would get too old. When I finally tasted it it was the best pineapple I’ve ever had!

The first fruit on a pineapple plant is called a virgin pineapple fruit, and is supposed to be sweeter than the following fruits. This year the pineapple plant is bearing two fruits and today I harvested the first of them. As the photo shows it is rather small, but ripe and yellow, and it tasted delicious :)

Since I originate from a colder climate I am thrilled when being able to grow tropical plants and fruits. To grow pineapples from fruits you cut off the green top, immerse it in water, and wait until it develop roots. Pineapple plants can grow for a long time in just water, but should probably be transferred to pots if you want them to blossom and bear fruits.

pineapple fruit on plantpineapple cut-offpineapple with roots

Above are some pineapple plants at different stages that I am growing from fruit cut-offs. You can learn more about how to do this here.

Although it is not the easiest plant to grow in Canada as it is often too cold, it is possible to grow pineapples outside if you have an area that gets lots and lots of sunshine. So if you are trying to find seeds in Toronto to grow, think outside the box and go tropical!

Burpee Home Gardens Podcast with Joe Lamp'l

Some of the most rewarding and productive crops in your garden are also some of the easiest to grow. Their growing season can span much of the year. In addition, they don’t require as much sun, they can be harvested quickly, and after harvest, they keep coming back. They’re the leafy crops like lettuce, kale, collards and spinach. From seed to harvest, they only require a few weeks. In this podcast, Joe Lamp’l tells us why we should all be growing these incredible plants in our gardens. Follow the link to listen to the podcast…

Listen to this great podcast all about how leafy greens are a must for your garden. Gives some great tips for growing seeds in toronto and organic gardening in general!

If you love hummingbirds make sure you buy the right seeds in Toronto to attract them to your garden. The wildlife in your garden can bring you as much pleasure as the plants themselves!

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Container Ideas For Seeds In Toronto

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This container grouping in Laura Crockett’s garden is successful because of several different factors. The screen behind the pots makes the plantings stand out beautifully, mking the plantings stand out and shine much more than a foliar back drop would. The rebar spirals add some height and interest, but the blue sphere refelected in a shiny metal pot at the base of this vignette is the most compelling element. It’s doubtful either would be as effective without the other.

Make sure the plants from your seeds in toronto are framed in the best way possible! There are some really wonderful container ideas out there that can brighten your garden!

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Container Ideas For Your Seeds In Toronto

  • lobelia
  • nasturtium
  • petunias (yes, petunias!)
  • dianthus
  • primula
  • cyclomen
  • osteospermum
  • calendula
  • diascia                                                                                    
  • Other options include cool weather edibles that are both beautiful and functional…many of these need to be seeded in late summer in order to perform in a fall container, so plan ahead for next year.                              

    There are also many late summer/fall blooming perennials that work well in containers.

    The fact is, you don’t have to be limited to the same old ornamental kale, pansies and mums. Look at your perennial borders for inspiration and find varieties that fit well in the size of your container. Try something new and unexpected…there are so many options!

    And, if you are in the Portland, OR area, don’t forget that the Hardy Plant Society has a fall sale in September. 


    often people with small spaces in urban centers do not realize the amazing variety they can have in their gardens. Branch out this fall and get seeds in Toronto for vibrant and exciting plants.

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    Growing Luscious Leaves From Seeds In Toronto


    Luscious leaves

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    Photo: Michelle Gervais

    This understaed combo is all about foliage. It almost begs you to lean down and touch the leaves. Who needs flowers with textures like these? Included is ‘Catlin’s Giant’ carpet bugleweed (Ajuga reptans ‘Catlin’s Giant’, Zones 3-9), Silver-variegated Japanese sedge (Carex morrowii ‘Variegata’, Zones 5-9), and Japanese fatsia (Fatsia japonica, Zones 8-10). This combo was designed by Sabrina and Freeland Tanner in Napa, California.


    There are so many amazing plants you can grow from your seeds in Toronto. Make your garden fun and tactile – it should be an oasis for you and your family.

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