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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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Pole Beans and Carrots

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Woodbury Peaceful Grove United Methodist Church Summer Stretch students
helped  in the garden again this Wednesday.   Today’s objective:  install the lattice of stakes and twine that provide support for the clinging vines of the pole beans.  Pole beans are a great addition to the Giving Garden because they provide beans all season.  That task was quickly accomplished and we moved on to the carrot patch where we finished the weeding and thinning that others had started last week. The purple beans and bush beans grow alongside the carrots so weeded out the grass in those plants, too.

As we worked side by side in the garden we talked about the types of
soil: clay, loam and sand.  When we squeezed a handful of the Giving Garden soil it formed a soft ball which easily crumbled.  We decided the garden has a lot of loam which is why the plants grow so well there.

We also talked about what plants need to grow and thrive and used the
pneumonic PLANTS to remember PLACE TO LIVE, LIGHT, AIR, NUTRIENTS, THIRST (WATER) and SUNSHINE.  Then we took turns quizzing each other on other plant biology trivia.  We had a smart group of young biologists who did their best to stump the master gardener – and sometimes they did!

The summer squash, tomatoes, beans and cucumbers are blossoming.   The corn is about knee high in time for the 4th of July! 

- Contributing writer - Deb Lynch, Master Gardener