A local greenhouse is encouraging gardeners to wait a little while before planting their gardens this spring.
"The cold isn't abnormal for us at this time of year," says Susan Jensen, the owner of Jensen's Nursery and Garden Centre. "May long weekend we've always had minuses and had to cover plants and things like that but it's the wet that's going to be hard on everybody."
To get the soil ready for planting and seeding, it must be toiled first. With all the moisture, trying to till the soil now would most likely result in a bunch of mud.
"It's a matter of holding your seedlings off until you can get into the garden. Hopefully, we'll have some dry weather next week and they'll be able to get into the gardens before June."
While many gardeners like to have seeds in the ground by May long weekend, Jensen typically suggests planting in the first week of June regardless. On average, May long weekends in Manitoba don't have the warmest or driest weather.
"The first week of June is still plenty of time to get a harvest for all your crops."
When it comes to planting seeds, the best types are zucchini, cucumbers, lettuce, squash, and carrots, according to Jensen.
"They come up so fast you might as well put them right into the ground. Things like tomatoes, peppers, and onions, those you like to start beforehand because they take longer to get going and give you a harvest a bit earlier."
Once a gardener has planted their seeds and transplants, it's best to watch the weather, especially frost. Jensen shares that if the temperature goes down to even two or three degrees Celsius, people should cover any plants above ground with a sheet, blanket, or cardboard box to keep them from being ruined.