It’s healthy to have a sense of humour, and Larry Bosch showed his funny side on April 18 when he said his family’s greenhouse can’t open for business until the snow bank blocking their front door melts.
Like other garden supply stores and landscaping companies in Manitoba, Ken Bosch & Sons Greenhouses is weeks behind last year’s early spring opening. And the lingering below-normal temperatures are costing them money.
"It costs a lot more in heating costs this year," Bosch said, He estimated a 30% increase for heating needed to keep the plants in his Headingley greenhouses growing.
Paul Samborski at Samborski Garden Supplies in the RM of Macdonald said the cold spring has definitely hurt his family’s business.
"It was a great start last year," he said, estimating that any sales of soil or landscaping supplies won’t likely happen until the first week of May.
Such a delay in this year’s gardening season might make some people decide not to bother planting at all, he speculated. But once the weather warms up, many will scramble to have their soil delivered and seeds planted as quickly as possible.
"It’ll be intense," Samborski said, adding that the company’s staff are ready for the season to begin even if they have to work longer hours.