THE GARDEN STORY

Here at Retail Construction Services, Inc., we are dedicated to giving back.

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.
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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.


The RCS Giving Garden

The RCS Giving Garden

7/2/09

Stillwater Students Create "Spud Barrels"

Today, volunteers of the RCS Giving Garden worked with ten middle school students from the Stillwater School District’s Spin Program to participate in the “Spud Barrel Project”.

When the students arrived they learned a little history about potatoes as well as some fun and interesting potato facts (Click here for fun the fun potato facts we covered). Then it was time to get their hands dirty and create the planting soil, which was a combination of dirt and compost. Groups of students partially up each barrel, planted 4-6 small seed potatoes in each barrel and then watered.

The intent of the Spud Barrel Project is that when the potatoes have about 6-8” of foliage, more of the same soil mixture is then placed on top and the process is repeated until the barrel is full. The students will monitor and maintain each of the four barrels throughout the growing season. (Click here for directions to create your own Spud Barrel)

Since there was some extra time, a few of the students also helped out by watering the fruit trees and others helped with stringing up some of the tomato plants.