THE GARDEN STORY

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.

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.

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The RCS Giving Garden

The RCS Giving Garden

7/10/13

"Good Guys" in the Garden!


Back Row L to R:  Noelle, Master Gardener Mary
Middle Row L to R:  Master Gardener Liz, Connor, Jackson, Matthew, John, Sam, Dana, and Quinn
Front Row L to R:  Luke, Quinn, Jacques and Ben
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The potatoes are in bloom!

Today at the Giving Garden (Wednesday, July 10, 2013) Liz and I met a great group of young men, along with their terrific chaperones, from the Summer Stretch program at Christ Episcopal Church in Woodbury. Last year this group helped with harvest and loved it. This time, we didn't have anything ready to harvest...except weeds!

Hands showing the lesson on
plant root structure
After getting a tour of the garden and getting a good close look at our planting rows and tags we learned about plant structure to make the most of our weeding efforts.


Before we got started weeding in the rows we noticed a few 'little helpers' fluttering around the area. A perfect introduction for our "Pollinators" lesson!

One of our pollinators, a busy bee


We learned how pollination works and that more than bees are busy in our garden! Bats, birds, butterflies, bees, wasps and flies work hard to make our food and plants produce good things for us.


After watching a small pollinator in action with a magnifying glass, we got busy. We picked 26.5 lbs of weeds today! Thanks gentlemen!!!

- Contributing writer - Master Gardner Mary Green
Weeding, and weeding and more weeding!
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Adjusting the squash structures