Mary Jane Duford

Mary Jane Duford

Mary Jane Duford is a passionate gardener and well-acclaimed authority in the world of horticulture. As a certified Master Gardener and Permaculture Garden Designer with over a decade of hands-on experience, she has honed her skills to cultivate a deeper understanding of the natural world around us. Beyond her gardening prowess, Mary Jane holds a distinct edge as a Professional Engineer, an expertise that often intertwines with her gardening methodologies, bringing a unique perspective to her readers. She is the proud founder of the renowned gardening website, Home for the Harvest, a platform dedicated to helping fellow gardeners, both novice and experienced, find their green thumbs. Her gardening expertise hasn't gone unnoticed; she's been spotlighted as a go-to gardening expert by notable publications like Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Mother Earth News, Real Simple, and the National Garden Bureau. Delving deep into specific fields of study within horticulture, Mary Jane has an extensive knowledge base on sustainable gardening practices (including permaculture), soil science, and selecting cultivars well-suited to home gardeners. Her passion isn't just limited to plants; she's a staunch advocate for holistic, eco-friendly gardening techniques that benefit both flora and fauna. Currently residing in the picturesque Okanagan Valley, Mary Jane cherishes the time she spends with her family amidst nature, always exploring, learning, and growing both as a gardener and as an individual.

Children’s garden

Burgundy peonies

Welcome to the enchanting world of children’s gardens! These magical spaces are more than just playgrounds; they are nurturing environments where kids and families can connect with nature, unleash their creativity, and learn the importance of caring for our planet…

Beginner gardening

Mary jane duford - with houseplant

Are you ready to transform your space into a thriving, beautiful garden? Whether you’re a seasoned green thumb or a complete beginner, this comprehensive guide on beginner gardening will provide valuable gardening tips and tricks to help you create the…

How to grow vines

Clematis flower

Wondering how to grow vines? These versatile, eye-catching plants can add color, fragrance, and even fruit to your outdoor space. Let’s look at selecting the perfect vine, planting techniques, maintenance, and creative ways to incorporate vines into your garden. How…

How to grow trees

Backyard willow tree

Learning how to grow trees provides us with oxygen, shade, and beauty, and also supports countless species of birds, insects, and other creatures. This step-by-step guide will provide you with all the knowledge you need to successfully plant and care…

How to grow shrubs

Shrubs in front of house

The presence of thriving, vibrant shrubs often enhances the charm of a garden. These woody plants serve as cornerstones, adding structure, seasonal color, and even privacy to your landscape. This comprehensive guide on how to grow shrubs will walk you…

How to grow a lawn

Lawn - turf grass

Dreaming of a lush, green lawn? Achieving a beautiful and healthy lawn is not a far-fetched fantasy. In our step-by-step guide, we will show you how to grow a lawn that not only looks great but also thrives in your…

Ground cover plants

Various ground covers

Ground cover plants are low-growing species that can beautifully decorate the spaces between stepping stones, fill in shady spots, or replace grass. Let’s look at over 30 low-maintenance ground cover plants suitable for sunny and shady spots, drought-tolerant areas, foot…

How to grow paperwhites

Paperwhite flower up close

Paperwhites are not only beautiful but also incredibly easy to grow, both indoors and outdoors. Here’s everything you need to know about growing paperwhites, from selecting the right variety to caring for your lovely blooms. How to grow paperwhites Plant…

How to grow monstera

Monstera leaves showing fenestrations

Wondering how to grow Monstera plants? Here’s the essential information, ideal growing conditions, propagation techniques, potting and repotting tips, support methods, tips for troubleshooting common problems, popular varieties, plant safety considerations, and the numerous benefits of cultivating Monsteras. How to…

How to grow begonias

Tuberous begonia non stop white

Welcome to the versatile and vibrant world of begonias! These beautiful plants offer a wide array of varieties suitable for both indoor spaces and outdoor gardens. And fortunately, it’s easy to learn how to grow begonias. How to grow begonias…

How to grow raspberries

Fall-bearing raspberries in october

Over the years, I’ve transformed patches of soil into thriving raspberry havens, savored every sun-kissed berry, and faced every gardening challenge that came my way. Through my journey, I’ve accumulated a wealth of insights and techniques that I’m eager to…