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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What do you get when you cross Eggplant, and Toads?

Front Row L to R:  Ben, Jason, Rachel
Back Row L to R:  Shannon Maron, Haylea, Amelia, Libby,

Mackenzie, Anna, Shannon Hecksel

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Well, the toads weren’t purple, and the eggplant wasn’t lumpy bumpy…! However, the mix did make for some fun in the garden this morning.

The Giving Garden welcomed a group today from St. Peter Lutheran Church in Afton, MN. Not only did we have many helping hands this morning, but lots of toads! We have a LOT of toads in the garden this year and that is a very good thing! These young adults took turns with one little toad they found, passing him around, then as gently as they passed him around, they placed him back in the garden. I’ll bet he is still hanging out amongst the zucchini!

Attracting toads is the dream of many gardeners. Having toads in the garden is very beneficial as they naturally prey on insects, slugs and snails, up to 10,000 in a single summer. Having a resident toad keeps the pest population down and reduces the need for harsh pesticides or labor intensive natural controls. Let’s take a look at how to attract toads to your garden. Click here to find out how to attract toads to your garden!

The group also picked anything that was ready; beans, purple beans, tomatoes, broccoli, zucchini, peppers, cucumber peas and the favorite? EGGPLANT! The only three young guys of the group were pretty impressed with the eggplant and had a photo op to show off their garden finds.

A lot of weeding was completed, especially in the potato patch, and the weeds soon found a new home under our solar panel to decompose.

Thank you so much to St. Peter Lutheran Church for sending such a fun group of kids to work with!
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