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.
See what else RCS and the Giving Garden are up to:
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.
Stillwater Students Help Out Again
Before the work began, the students learned about how Ethylene Gas is often used to ripen vegetables and fruits that are prematurely picked (click here for more information on Ethylene gas) and how using green bags to store fruits and vegetables makes them last longer. Some interesting facts about tomatoes and cucumbers were then discussed like how most of the tomatoes produced today are turned into salsa and not Ketchup (click here for the fun facts)
The students then helped install several posts and stringed up twine between each post to be used as support for the growing bean plants. Using slipknots, the students then attached several tomato plants to the rows of twine above to help guide their growth.
Lastly, the kids assembled about sixteen trellis structures that were placed over each cucumber plant. The trellis’ were made out of recycled 1”x1” posts and attached together at the top with a bolt/nut and garden twine. The students then threaded twine through three pre-drilled holes on each leg of the trellis for further stability and guidance for the cucumber plants.
A great time was had by all!