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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Carrots Before, Carrots After AND…the first harvest from the 2014 garden!

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On a sunny Monday, Junior Master Gardeners Sydney
and Annabelle joined Master Gardener Kathy in the garden.   We worked together to construct a few more cucumber trellises and then tackled the carrots before the weeds tackled them!  Since we eat the root part of a carrot, we want to be sure to give them lots of room to grow downward and expand outward!  See our section of carrot photos before and after! 

If you are interested in learning more about carrots and other root vegetable growth, check out the link from the University of MN Extension.

The girls also did a fantastic job of carefully
harvesting enough lettuce to share with Valley Outreach!  We can officially say we picked the first crop of the 2014 season…a whooping .45lbs!  It will be fun to watch that small number grow over these next few months.

We encountered a nice surprise as we were ready to leave!  Milkweed!  We have learned about its importance to monarch butterflies as it is the only
plant on which this black, orange and
white winged pollinator will lay its eggs and will eat in its caterpillar stage.  Using our detective skills, we found a tiny egg and a newly hatched caterpillar.  Great news for the garden!

- Contributed by Washington County Master Gardener Kathy Luoma