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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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Garden Experiments and LOTS of Onions...

L to R:  Emma, Jacob and Jordyn
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A smaller group of SPIN students joined us in the garden this morning. We taught them about the magical purple beans that turn green when you steam them! (see the article on this blog from 07/19/12) Each student picked a handful of these magical beans to take home to their families to show them how they turn green and to try and restore the purple color by soaking them overnight in lemon juice and olive oil! We are excited to hear back next week from the students on how their experiments worked out.

We had two new crops to harvest today; cabbage and onions… Lots and lots and LOTS of onions! Did you know that according to an old English Rhyme, the thickness of an onion skin can help predict the severity of the winter. Thin skins mean a mild winter is coming while thick skins indicate a rough winter ahead. We are going to have to take a look at this next week and see if we can figure out what kind of winter we are going to have!

Thanks again SPIN Students, you are hard workers and great finders of all of the hidden cucumbers and zucchini!
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