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

5/24/11

Planting Day!

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UPS Team!


On Tuesday, May 24th, we had our garden planting day.  We were joined by the Stillwater ALC as well as a team from UPS.   The plants this year were donated by Bergmann's Greenhouse and Gardens.  Thank you Peggy and your team!  These plants are sure to bring many pounds of vegetables for the food shelf!  Thank you to Paul Ritchman from the Washinton County UofM Master Gardeners Extension program who joined us and shared his expertise!  Thank you too to our own staff at RCS who were able to join us in the garden!


ALC Group #1

This year we are trying a "wide row planting method".  Wide-row gardening means grouping several rows together, rather than planting in single rows. The seeds are staggered in an area about 4 to 5" wide.  In addition to saving space, it saves time, increases yield, plants, such as beans, are stand up better to windy conditions and it makes harvesting easier.  We are hoping that his method also doubles or triples the volume of our produce from seed starters!


ALC Group #2

This is our 3rd year and I believe we have learned some shortcuts in planting!  Work began at 9 a.m. and we were completed just before 11 a.m.!  We were all amazed how fast the process went! 

While we still have a few more additions, as well as the peanuts to plant once the plants arrive, our 2011 garden is in and ready for the summer! 


Dan Braun our Garden Layout Master!
Joy, Hannah & Becky


Toni May and a Stillwater Student

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