Floating Gardens is a family owned business, operated by brother and sister Chris and Rachel Buhler. Our parents, Wilf and Ruth and our life partners Kaytee and Clint, support us in the daily operations of growing and selling vegetables and maintaining the farm.
Our greenhouse is situated on our family’s Century Farm nestled right up to the small town of Osler, Sk.
We value healthy, locally grown, homecooked food and are honoured to be a part of the Saskatchewan local food economy since 2008.
Our incredible staff and customers in Saskatoon and Regina help make this dream possible, thank you!
What we’re about:
providing Saskatchewan residents with the highest quality vegetables and herbs 365 days a year
building a stronger local community through economic development
Our biggest pest in the greenhouse this year are tiny insects called thrips. Thrips will attack pretty much anything in the greenhouse but are particularly fond of cucumbers and nasturtium.
We use several other invertebrates to fight the thrips. Cucumaris mites, hypoaspis mites and the pirate bugs shown here.
[pullquote] If you’ve ever had a crooked cucumber, it’s most likely crooked because a thrip damaged it while it was in its infancy. Thrips can also kill our cucumber plants which is why we turn to the pirate bugs for help.[/pullquote]
The pirate bugs are my favourite of the anti-thrip trio because I can easily see them (they’re small, but not as small as mites) and because they’re called pirate bugs (best bug name ever).
These bugs are a critical part of our non-chemical insect control program.
Plant based diets are recommended by the new Canadian Food Guide and plant based meat substitutes are all the rage. These products may be better for the environment but are they actually healthier for us?
Tips from our master grower Chris Buhler:
"We sucker our tomato plants every week to keep the plants producing at a high capacity with maximum nutrients and flavour. This involves taking off the suckers found in between the leaf stem and the main stem. Suckering also promotes air flow in the plants. In your home garden try this if you're growing indeterminate plants only."