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.

Coffee grounds for grass

Using coffee grounds to fertilize lawn grass

Coffee grounds have long been used as plant fertilizer for turf grass and other plants grown for their green leaves. The nitrogen in the leftover coffee is said to give the lawn a boost of nitrogen, causing it to “green-up”.…

Composting at home

Compost tumbler in a backyard

Ready to start composting at home? It’s easy to do and brings a ton of benefits! Here’s everything you need to know. Why bother composting at home? There are many benefits of composting at home. This includes (but isn’t limited to)…

Growing grass with dogs

Growing grass with dogs around

Everyone knows grass looks greener on the other side… especially if you have dogs! But you can still have a lovely lawn if you’ve got a four-legged best friend around. While there are quite a few factors in effective lawn…


Medium-grain perlite in a mason jar

Perlite is a manufactured granular product made from naturally occurring volcanic glass that is used in potting mix and also in industrial applications. In other words, Perlite is rock popcorn or steam-expanded rock foam. These little white lumps are lightweight…

Best soil for microgreens

The best soil for microgreens

Growing great baby salad greens requires a great potting mix! These baby plants are worth the investment of high-quality growing media. Here is a guide to the best soil for microgreens, including pre-mixed options and a DIY recipe. The best…

101+ gardening tools list

Potting soil

Most gardeners don’t set foot in the garden without their trusty handheld trowel, favorite pruning shears, and perhaps a nice pair of gardening gloves. That being said, there are a whole host of other gardening tools! Here’s the ultimate list…

Garden soil

The best garden soil

Great garden soil is generally deep, porous, and loamy. It holds enough moisture and air to support plant roots while allowing excess water to drain away. Fertile soil is rich in nutrients, free from harmful contaminants, and alive with healthy…

Paperwhites falling over

Paperwhites falling over as they flower

Are your paperwhites falling over? Mine were too. Here are 4 easy ways to keep them upright. Why are my paperwhites falling over? Paperwhites fall over because their roots have not developed strongly enough to hold the entire plant upwards.…

Winter composting

How to compost in winter time

Many of us stop composting our organic waste at home during the wintertime. The cold temperatures and decreased amounts of yard waste can make winter composting seem like it’s not worth the effort. Fortunately, there are a few tips to…

12 DIY Christmas ornaments

Paper house tree ornament - xmas

It’s the most magical time of the year to make your own Christmas ornaments! Here are 12 ideas for DIY Christmas ornaments for your family holiday tree. Felt and Wood Ball DIY Christmas Ornaments These felt and wool ball ornaments…