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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5/13/14

Thank you Costa Farm and Greenhouse!

We have a new garden partner!  Ron and Karin Costa from Costa Farm and Greenhouse have been busy getting our plant order ready for our planting day on Wednesday, May 21st.  The plants we will be adding from Costa's to our seed crop are zucchini, cucumbers, cabbage, tomato's, peppers (bell and various hot varieties), eggplant, and four types of squash.

Thank you Ron and Karin, and we look forward to working with you guys for years to come!

5/12/14

RCS Giving Garden Receives an Award

Tonight the RCS Giving Garden received an award for its contributions to our community by PowerUp and the Lakeview Health Foundation.

They say it takes a village to raise a child.  Well, it has taken an entire community to raise this garden. Thank you to all of our employees, the Washington County Master Gardeners, the ALC High School, all of our sponsors, our corporate volunteers, and all of the summer youth groups that have contributed to the never ending growth of this garden!

This award is for all of you! 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead - Cultural Anthropologist  (1902-1978)


- Joni Fletty, Contributing Writer


5/8/14

First Tilling of the Garden

Thank you Deb!
Deb Krueger from Krueger's Christmas Tree Farm
A garden starts with the soil... not the seed.  And it is clear that the condition of the soil determines the outcome of the seed.  This will be our sixth growing season, and rich soil takes time to build, and we have been patient.

Soil provides the key to plant health and a garden's vitality. The type and quality of your soil affects not only the success of your garden, but how you'll spend much of your time working there.  We have fed our soil every season using organic matter, such as compost, rotted manure, and chopped leaves.  Not to mention, all of those worms that were left over from our worm composting projects!

Even when we reach that time where our soil is rich, we must contribute to its improvement regularly because soil is a living layer of earth that changes naturally with time and the weather.

Deb Krueger from Krueger's Christmas Tree Farm came over today for the first tilling of the garden.  It is was such a so good to see the organic matter from last year turned in, and that rich, black soil show itself.   Every year, in exchange for the Krueger's gift of tilling, our employees head over to their farm in November to help unload Christmas trees.  It has been a wonderful partnership with a couple of wonderful people!

“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.”


Thank you to the Krueger's for all of their support to the garden over the years!
Thank you Deb!
- Joni Fletty, Contributing writer