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.

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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New Crops to Harvest & Challenges in the Garden

New crops: Pea Pods, Green Beans, Yellow Beans and Swiss Chard

The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.
B.B. King

The St. Croix Valley Area Learning Center students came out to the garden to harvest this morning.  While there were formal lessons in the garden today, there is always something to learn and grow from.  We talked about the challenges the garden is facing;  Japanese Beetles, too much water, too much heat, and powdery mildew.  While we were talking about solutions, student Brian Dickie took the initiative to look up on the Internet via his cell phone our 'curling leaf' problem with some tomato and neighboring plants.  We were given options of too much water or too hot... of which we all kind of laughed that we have had plenty of both!

We had new crops ready today!  The students were able to learn when these crops are ready to pick; yellow beans, green beans, pea pods and Swiss chard!  Other crops picked today were cucumbers, green peppers, banana peppers, lettuce, summer squash, zucchini, and a few raspberries.  Joni talked with the students about being able to make 'chips' out of Kale and Swiss Chard by doing the following:

Kale or Swiss Chard Chips
Wash and pat dry
Break into larger bite size chip pieces
Shake in a bag with olive oil
Sprinkle with sea salt
Bake in a 200 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes until crisp...
Mmmm, Mmmm!