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.

Okanagan pumpkin patch locations

Armstrong pumpkin patch | home for the harvest

The Okanagan is in full harvest season right now. With Thanksgiving and Halloween approaching, there are lots of pumpkins available locally. Going to pumpkin patches to pick out your own pumpkins is a wonderful Fall activity. Whether you’re looking for a…

Leaf mold compost

Red autumn leaves | home for the harvest blog

It’s leaf mold season! Autumn leaves are the quintessential sign of fall. Lucky for us, they’re not only pretty…but also useful. Composting leaves is an easy way to transform them into DIY natural plant food. This tutorial explains exactly how to make leaf…

How to grow garlic

How to grow garlic

To grow garlic, start by choosing a sunny spot with well-draining soil. Plant garlic cloves in the fall, about 4-6 weeks before the ground freezes. Space them 6 inches apart and 2 inches deep, with the pointed end up. Water…

DIY drip irrigation systems

How to install diy drip irrigation | home for the harvest | www. Homefortheharvest. Com

A DIY drip irrigation system is a set of hoses and connectors that have been cut and sized to fit your unique garden layout. The materials for a simple irrigation system are generally available at the local hardware store and…


Diy urban hugelkultur raised garden bed | home for the harvest gardening blog

Hugelkultur is a very efficient and productive composting method that can create an eco-friendly raised garden bed. Hugelkultur is a form of in-place composting in which logs from fallen trees are buried at the bottom of a garden bed. These…

Harvesting garlic scapes

Garlic scapes and dill| home for the harvest gardening blog

To harvest garlic scapes is one of the annual garden milestones I most look forward to. Here’s when and how to cut your garlic scapes for the healthiest plants (and most delicious scapes!). What are garlic scapes? Garlic scapes are…

Permaculture for beginners

Shredded leaves as organic garden mulch | home for the harvest

Permaculture is a design philosophy in which ecosystems are designed to mimic nature. In relation to gardening, permaculture encompasses many of the eco-friendly aspects of organic gardening while also pushing the envelope on increased efficiency and including other sustainable activities…