THE GARDEN STORY

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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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3/29/11

2011 Garden Planning is Peanuts!


Click image, then click a 2nd time to enlarge and read about peanut plants!
 Today marked the first meeting with the high school students from St. Croix ALC. We discussed how certain vegetables grow well by feeding off of other similar plants from the same family, how the crops should be rotated so the bugs from last year don’t hatch and start right back in again on the plants, and what new seeds we want to try planting this year.

We are going to incorporate new herbs in the center strip of our parking lot, such as basil, parsley, rosemary, thyme, cilantro, etc. Also, we are thinking about adding colored carrots to the mix, such as purple and red ones for a fun variety. Purple potatoes were another addition discussed. The biggest and by far the most interesting will be the peanuts we will try planting. One student mentioned how he likes peanuts, cashews, etc., and another student said we could add peanuts to a garden veggie stir fry at the end of the season.  Paul Richtman, the Master Gardener, stated that peanuts should be an easy crop to try out.  
Other than that, the garden will be laid-out similar to last year’s garden; the crops will just be rotated. Let’s hope it turns out to be as successful as last year! I think we have a great group of students helping out this year.

- Ben Kreye