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Mary Jane Duford

Mary Jane Duford

Mary Jane Duford is a quintessential Canadian gardener. An engineer by trade, she tends to an ever-expanding collection of plants. In her world, laughter blooms as freely as her flowers, and every plant is raised with a dash of Canadian grit. Mary Jane is a certified Master Gardener and also holds a Permaculture Design Certificate. She's also a proud mom of three, teaching her little sprouts the crucial difference between a garden friend and foe. When she's not playing in the dirt, Mary Jane revels in her love for Taylor Swift, Gilmore Girls, ice hockey, and the surprisingly soothing sounds of bluegrass covers of classic hip-hop songs. She invites you to join her garden party, a place where you can share in the joy of growing and where every day is a new opportunity to find the perfect spot for yet another plant.

Gardening quotes

Planting flowers - for quotes about gardening

Here are some popular gardening quotes along with their sources: “Show me your garden, and I shall tell you who you are.” – Alfred Austin “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” – Audrey Hepburn Quotes from Gertrude…

Gardening memes

Gardening meme template photo - woman gardening in the snow -home for the harvest - gardening blog

Dive into a field of funnies about overambitious planting projects, the mystery of disappearing tools, and the joys of finally getting that finicky flower to bloom. Gardening memes are for everyone who believes laughter is just as essential to gardening…

Organic mulch

Lavender plants in new garden bed surrounded by organic mulch and a small stone wall

Organic mulch is a biodegradable material used to cover a garden’s soil surface. It’s biodegradable. These types of mulches are derived from natural sources, including composted leaves, bark chips, pine needles, composted yard trimmings, straw, and grass clippings. Organic mulch…

How often to water peace lily plants

Watering peace lily plant

Water your potted peace lily when the top inch of soil feels dry. Typically, this means watering indoor plants once or twice a week. However, adjust based on your room’s humidity and light. Peace lilies prefer consistently moist soil but…

Planting peony roots

Planting peony roots

Planting peony roots usually occurs in the fall or early spring. Before planting, soak the roots in clean water for an hour or two before planting. Then place it in a wide shallow hole with the pink/white buds facing upwards…

Shampoo ginger lily plant

Shampoo ginger lily flowers

Shampoo ginger lily (Zingiber zerumbet) is a tropical flowering plant in the ginger family that grows from underground rhizomes. This herbaceous perennial has pinecone-shaped red flowers and narrow green leaves. The plants grow well in wet climates and typically reach…

20+ shrubs for shade

Shrubs for shade

Choosing appropriate shrubs for shade gardens and low-light spots is key to creating a vibrant landscape. While most shrubs really do need quite a lot of fun to fill out nicely, there are a few dozen standout shade shrubs that…