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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.

Is basil a perennial plant?

Basil is an annual plant (not a perennial)

Basil is typically grown as an annual plant in the garden. While some types are technically short-lived perennials in their warm native climates, most culinary types (including sweet basil) generally do not survive light frost and are too tender to…

When to fertilize fruit trees

When to fertilize fruit trees

The best time to fertilize fruit trees is in the spring. Early spring, in particular, is a great time to apply a balanced organic fertilizer. Avoid fertilizing fruit trees in the late summer and early fall. Seasonal considerations for annual…

When to pick apples

When to pick apples

The month of September is generally the best time of year to pick apples. While different varieties of apples ripen at different times, and the climate varies the harvest from year to year, early fall is almost always a reliable…

When to trim oak trees

When to trim an oak tree

Wondering when to trim oak trees? These long-lived beauties may need a trim now and then, especially if growing in residential areas. Oak tree trimming is best done in the winter between November and March. This is when oak trees…

Potting soil ingredients

Potting soil ingredients

What’s actually in those container gardening soil bags? What are the most common potting soil ingredients? Most potting mixes are made from a combination of several of the following ingredients: There are different reasons for adding each of these ingredients…

When does grass stop growing?

When does grass stop growing?

Grass stops growing in the fall when daytime temperatures tend to stay below 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit (5-10 degrees Celsius). While it remains alive at temperatures below this range, growth is far too slow to require regular mowing. In Canada and…

Buckwheat microgreens

Buckwheat microgreens

Buckwheat microgreens are sturdy, fresh, and lovely to use in cooking. They’re perfect in salads, on a sandwich, or on top of a meal. Here’s how to grow buckwheat as a microgreen for the first time! Growing these microgreens is…