I have listed a new property at 843 Schooner DR W in Cold Lake.
This spacious, open concept home has everything you need and more! With 6 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, this fully developed property has in-floor heating and an oversized heated garage. The optional main floor laundry hook up is perfect for the busy family. The black stainless steel appliances, dark grey subway tiles, large corner pantry with automatic light and island are just some of the features in this kitchen that will make cooking a breeze. The primary bedroom has a walk-in closet and en-suite on the main level and is perfect for a little extra privacy. Also on the main level are 2 additional bedrooms, a full bathroom and tons of storage. The basement has a massive family room with rough-in for a wet bar, 3 bedrooms, full bathroom and another laundry option with a sink. This home also has smart home features throughout! Book a viewing today!
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I have listed a new property at 611 27 ST E in Cold Lake.
This home is a perfect blend of modern and traditional. The kitchen features wood hickory cabinets, island, large pantry, built in desk and a window over the sink looking out into the yard. Main floor laundry/mudroom, a 2 pc bath, dining room and living room with a gas fireplace. The second floor master has a walk-in closet and en-suite with a jetted tub. There are 2 additional bedrooms on the second floor and a full bath. The basement is partly finished with in-floor heating and recently serviced furnace. The garage is heated and also has hot and cold taps. The backyard has a two tired deck and a large yard with raised garden beds. Located on a cul-de-sac close to parks, trails and the lake, this home would be ideal for those looking for convenience!
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Whether you’re hoping for lush flower beds bursting with perennials or you want to grow herbs and vegetables for the first time, now’s the perfect time to start planning your garden. Though you may need to wait a bit before you can start planting—typically once the ground has thawed and there’s no longer a risk of frost—getting a head start on the plan itself can help you visualize the end state of your garden. We asked Halifax gardening expert Niki Jabbour, author of Growing Under Cover, for her best tips to build a lovely garden that will enhance your curb appeal

What should you consider before starting your garden?  

Before you race off to empty your wallet at the garden centre, take some time to plan. Consider drawing out a rough sketch of your space and priorities, suggests Jabbour.  

“Having a plan on paper helps keep you on track and on budget. Perhaps this year, you can tackle the front yard and next year the back of the property, or just start with an island bed or foundation planting,” she says. 

Then, evaluate your growing conditions so you can choose plants that will thrive: do you have an open space with lots of light, some shading from nearby trees, or deep shade beneath tall trees? Your plan will also depend on the overall type of garden you’re looking to plant. Vegetable gardens may require a different setup than perennial or flower gardens, for example.

What are some of the easiest plants to grow and maintain?

Thanks to plant breeders, gardeners have a huge selection of low-maintenance trees, shrubs, and perennials to choose from, including many varieties designed for urban landscapes or small-spaced yards, says Jabbour. 

“When selecting plants, be sure to read the size description on the tag: how tall and wide will it grow? Make sure you have a spot that can accommodate its growth,” she says. “If you see the words ‘ground cover’, understand it’s a spreading plant that may take over your garden. I avoid plants that spread aggressively and aim to pick perennials that form tidy clumps to reduce maintenance.”

You may want to have your soil tested by a professional landscaping company to see if you need to add nutrients.

What’s the best way to start vegetable gardening?

As a year-round vegetable gardener, Jabbour believes all landscapes should include edible plants, which provide delicious food and add beautiful elements to your garden, while attracting and supporting pollinators

“You can create a stunning hedge with high bush blueberries, use strawberries for edging garden beds, tuck lacinato kale amongst perennials, or include curly parsley in container gardens for long-lasting texture and beauty,” she says. 

Want to grow your own food? Start by building a simple four-by-eight-foot raised bed, or gather a few large containers for your patio, advises Jabbour. Since most types of vegetables and herbs need lots of light—at least eight hours of full sun each day—choose plant varieties that suit your garden conditions.  

“If you don’t have a full sun, stick to vegetables like leaf lettuce, spinach, and kale that can be grown with just three to four hours of sun each day. A raised bed is ideal as it offers excellent soil drainage and is easier to tend than a traditional in-ground garden,” adds Jabbour.

You can find a list of vegetables that don’t require full sun here.

Easy to grow vegetables that don’t need much maintenance include bush cucumbers, potatoes, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, peas, and bush beans. 

“If you’re short on space, skip vining vegetables like cucumbers, pumpkins, and winter squash, which can use up large areas. Or, grow them vertically: I love growing vining cucumbers, pole beans, melons, and small fruited pumpkins on trellises. It allows me to grow more food without digging a new bed, but it is also good for the plants. They’re less prone to disease and insect problems and it makes harvesting a snap,” she says.

What’s the best way to care for a garden?

Weather affects the timing of planting trees, shrubs and perennials, and how well they settle into your garden, so plant these items in the spring before the hot, dry weather takes over. 

 “You can help give trees, shrubs, and perennials a good start in your garden by watering new plants deeply each week. Once they’re established, you won’t need to water as frequently,” says Jabbour, who also mulches with straw to conserve soil moisture.

With a little know-how, your spring garden will blossom all season!

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I have listed a new property at 4613 Tutor LANE in Cold Lake.
Welcome home to this affordable mobile in Fontaine Village. The living room showcases vaulted ceilings and a generous open concept floorplan. The kitchen has plenty of cabinet and counter space with a peninsula and granite sink. The primary bedroom offers a 4 pc en-suite with dual vanity, new stand up shower, and a walk-in-closet. . This floor plan has the primary bedroom at one end, and a 4pc bathroom with bedrooms 2 and 3 at the other end. This home is carpet free throughout. Enjoy barbecuing on your deck with a good size lot. With the common area steps away with a playground and walking paths it's a great place to call home.
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