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

6/20/14

Welcome back SPIN kids! Thanks for bringing along your helping hands, strong muscles and sunny personalities!

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On Friday, a cheerful group of SPIN kids and their
helpful leaders joined Master Gardener Kathy in the garden.  We spent time reacquainting ourselves with the young plants, looking for cabbage worms on the cole crops (cabbage, broccoli, Brussel sprouts and those plants from the Brassica
family), catching teensy frogs, observing honeybees and butterflies and tasting a few stray strawberries.


Then we got to work!  We weeded the beet and carrot seedlings, as well as other areas of interest to the kids, so the plants will continue to grow without competition for water and nutrients.  Don’t choke me, weeds!  

Next, we constructed cucumber teepees using

three stakes, natural twine and rubber mallets!  The teepees will allow the cucumber vines to grow vertically to keep the fruit off the ground and hopefully out of critters mouths.  Chomp!  Way to use your muscles, kids!

Finally, big drinks of water and a bowl full of watermelon wedges cooled us off as we finished our tasks for the day! 


- Contributed by Washington County Master Gardener Kathy Luoma