THE GARDEN STORY

Retail Construction Services, Inc. is dedicated to giving back.

We give back not only to those in need within our community, but also the future generations of this wonderful community. What started out as a great idea has grown exponentially and has become an amazing reality. Here at the RCS Giving Garden, school groups, master gardeners, corporate volunteers, and our own employees work together for the common good of teaching children the art of gardening and the importance of healthy eating. Click Here for Full Story.

LOCATION:
Retail Construction Services, Inc.
11343 39th Street N.
Lake Elmo, MN 55042

From HWY 36 - go south on Lake Elmo Ave, turn left onto 39th Street, garden is at corner of 39th and Laverne.
From HWY 5- going west from Stillwater take right onto Laverne (near Fury dealership) garden is on the right at corner of Laverne and 39th street.

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The RCS Giving Garden

The RCS Giving Garden

8/23/17

8/16/17
A Celebration of Produce!
820 pounds donated so far!
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Its that time of year when our volunteer groups of kids start leaving us as they prepare to go back to school.  We love the energy and curiosity they bring to the garden and will miss them dearly!  We particularly like to THANK our Adventure Club and Spin kids from the Stillwater Area School District who come out every Monday to help us out with anything and everything!  We celebrated Monday by making Veggie Pizzas with the kids with produce they picked.  These pizzas were topped with tomatoes, summer squash, mixed peppers, beans, broccoli, carrots and herbs. Freshest pizza we could ever eat. It was delicious, AND, we still harvested and donated 105 pounds of produce to Valley Outreach!

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More photos from our Monday in the garden

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Late July and Early August 2017 Volunteers in Action!

My blogging time and energy waned in July due to our move to a new home.  I have successfully found my laptop and a place to sit and am back on the job! Enjoy these photos of our volunteers working hard in the garden in late July and early August.

July 19th Summer Stretch groups

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July 20 Hidden Pines Ranch kids

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July 27th Hidden Pines Ranch kids
Last day for the season!  THANKS for your help all!

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July 31 Spin Kids

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August 7th Adventure Club Kids

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August 9th Mounds Park Academy Volunteers Bela and Annie

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August 11th
Volunteer Bree has helped in the garden for many years!  She is a busy gal with academics and sports but makes time to help out her community every year!  Thanks, Bree!


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7/18/17

Time to Harvest Veggies AND Japanese Beetles!


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Every year they arrive in a feeding frenzy!  This 2017 season the Japanese Beetles have decided that the pole beans are their caviar!  Actually, I believe the mature linden trees bordering the RCS property are the first enticement, and the pole beans just happen to be in closest proximity.  Before we even begin to harvest vegetables, we have been brushing these destructive bronze beauties into tubs of soapy water just to repeat the procedure at the end of our time together.  Here’s what the University of Minnesota Extension Entomologist, Jeff Hahn, has to say about Japanese Beetles in your garden: http://blog-yard-garden-news.extension.umn.edu/2017/07/dealing-with-japanese-beetles.html

Our latest and greatest volunteers have battled the heat recently!  We sure do thank you for your service!  The garden is looking just great.


7/10/17 Adventure Club
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Summer Squash comparisons!
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Mulching peppers with shredded paper
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Learning how to thin the carrot rows...and then eating the babies for a snack!
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                             Identifying this new visitor as a Six-Spotted Green Tiger Beetle

Day of Service for Stillwater Area Schools Day of Service--7/11/17
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We had 30 middle schoolers help us weed, water, harvest and help RCS staff install our cattle panel squash and cucumber climbing structures.


Summer Stretch Woodbury UMC and Woodbury Christ Lutheran churches 7/12/17
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Spin Kids 7/17/17
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Japanese Beetle Patrol!
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Our Master Gardener extraordinaire, Sue, spraying cabbage worm frass from our plants.