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.
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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.


The RCS Giving Garden

The RCS Giving Garden

8/26/13

Colorful Carrots, Cabbage Crawlies, Chipper Children...and Sweat!



J. Master Gardening Group
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An hour is all that was needed on this steamy August morning to harvest 74 pounds of produce!  These worker bee Junior Master Gardeners and friends didn't seem to mind the heat as they worked! We found some critters in the garden today...imported cabbage worms, aphids and flea beetles!  We hand-picked the worms and watched ladybugs feast on the aphids. 

Just my own observation, but I believe the favorite veggie of the day to pick had to be the carrots!  Harvesting a carrot is a bit like pulling a prize out of a grab bag!  We sure hope it's a good one because we
can't put it back!  It was fun to watch the kids dig in the soil around the top of the carrot to see if it might be of good size and then give it a tug!  Orange, purple, most perfectly shaped but a few with an extra "leg" or two just to make it interesting!  

Did you know?  
§  Carrots are a root veggie that grow more uniformly in loose soil free of stones and rocks to prevent splitting.
§  Carrot seeds are some of the tiniest you will ever plant!
 §  The garden volunteers did a great job of thinning the carrot seedlings earlier this summer in order to give this root veggie room to grow!  
 §  Beta-carotene is the reason carrots have their bright color.
 §  Our bodies convert the beta-carotene into vitamin A which is great for eye sight!
  §  Carrots are one of the few veggies whose nutritional value remains high when raw or cooked whole.
   
--contributed by Master Gardener Kathy Luoma