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.

DIY photo cube ornament

Diy photo cube christmas tree ornament

This photo cube ornament was such a fun Christmas craft! It’s inspired by one of our family’s favorite tree ornaments. My parents’ friends made us our first photo cube ornament 25 years ago. It’s such a joy to find it…

Paper house ornaments

Paper house ornament on christmas tree

These paper house ornaments were a lovely little holiday craft to do while the snow was blanketing our neighborhood last weekend. Simple yet elegant, these little paper houses are lovely on the Christmas tree. Our paper house ornaments were super…

Popsicle stick sled ornaments

Popsicle stick sled hanging on christmas tree in sunlight with snow

These popsicle stick sled ornaments are adorable! Here’s how to make your own tiny wooden sleigh ornaments using popsicle sticks and glue. They’re easier than they look! Supplies for popsicle stick sled ornaments Here are the supplies you’ll need for…

DIY mitten ornaments

Diy mitten ornaments

These cute DIY mitten ornaments are absolutely gorgeous on the Christmas tree! They are made of felted fabric with a pretty embroidered snowflake and finished with a classic blanket stitch around the perimeter. They’re the perfect mini mittens to bring…

DIY cookie cutter ornaments

Making cookie cutter tree ornaments at christmas time

These cookie-cutter ornaments are the perfect way to remember a family trip, garden harvest, or another wonderful memory at Christmas time. DIY cookie-cutter Christmas ornaments First, find cookie cutters in holiday shapes to match your tree. This year we did…

Best tasting tomatoes

Growing great tasting tomatoes in your garden

The best-tasting tomatoes are the ones picked straight from the vine and eaten in the garden while they’re still warm from the sun. There is nothing quite like the flavor of a homegrown tomato. They are nature’s perfect blend of…

Organic fertilizer

Natural plant food inside bag

Organic fertilizer, derived from plant or animal matter, enriches soil with nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium while improving soil structure, moisture retention, and beneficial microorganism growth. A good organic fertilizer: All about organic fertilizer So, what is organic fertilizer?…

How to compost

Pitchfork turning compost heap

Learning how to compost will teach you how to speed up the natural decomposition of biological materials. Composting is SO helpful in diverting food and yard waste from landfills. It also happens to make a wonderful soil amendment for your…