|Cucumber Structures Completed! (Click Photo to Enlarge)|
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.
|L to R: Emily, Emma M., Emma G., Alex, Amanda and Mikaela|
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It take hard work and patience to grow… not only do we see this in the garden, but through the opportunity to work with some amazing, hardworking and patient young adults throughout the seasons...
Today we had another Summer Stretch group in the garden. This, was no ordinary day! With the temperatures in the 90’s and a heat index we tried to ignore, this group of gals and their group leader, not only mounded the potato rows and weeded, but they spread marsh hay, that was donated by Houle’s, across 2/3’s of the garden! Talk about a hot and dirty job on a hot day!
|Mission Accomplished! Great job gals!|
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|(Click to Enlarge Photos) - At this posting, we do not have student names|
The students replanted lettuce, carrots and a new crop, beets in the garden. We chose a wide row planting method that we tried last year. Each of these seed crops was planted three seed wide in order to get more production in the garden.
|Back Row L to R: Jeanne, Ben, Edna, Wyatt, Mathias|
Front Row L to R: Alydia, Leigh, Molly, Katie
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The projects for the day were to build tomato cages around the tomato plants and to pinch the bottom branches and suckers of the plants. Pruning tomato suckers is sometimes recommended because the resulting new stem is competing for nutrients with the original plant. You may be getting more fruits if you leave the suckers to grow, but the fruits will be smaller and the plant will be more cumbersome. Pruning tomato suckers is really just thinning the plants.
Click the link below to read more about this process: What is a Tomato Sucker?
About ¾ of the way through the project we ran out of stakes for the cages. This great group of young adults weeded the lettuce before the weeds overtook them, cleared weeds in other sections and gave the garden a good drink of water. This group was led by Jeanne and Edna who did a great job in sharing gardening information. In a conversation with Edna, she shared some of her many years of gardening experience and knowledge. We look forward to even more conversations with Edna where we can learn and grow from someone with so much experience!
“If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life.” ~Author Unknown
The laugher and smiles have returned to the Giving Garden. “Summer Stretch Youth; your contributions to this Giving Garden this summer will have an important impact in your community through the food you are helping to grow and donate.”
“Thank you” Summer Stretch, and we look forward to seeing you back in the garden this next Wednesday!