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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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Polar Vortex in July?

Junior Master Gardener Ryan and I bundled up on this 57 degree windy July (yes, July!) morning and tackled some serious harvesting!  We determined that some of the turnips were large enough to pick.  

We chose to pull those that were crowding others to give them some space to grow. We both decided that the turnips were our favorite veggie to harvest!  Nothing like tugging free a beautiful globe-shaped purple and white edible root!

Cabbage, cucumbers, zucchini, lettuce and purple beans were ripe for harvesting, too!  We only picked one veggie that had been dinner for a critter (see photo)!  Check out the curly-cue purple beans Ryan found as well! 
We did some observation of the plants that produced the odd-shaped beans and found them to be a bit smaller with mottled leaves.  I suspect a bean leaf virus possibly spread by aphids but I need to do some further investigating. 

Hmmm…when I’m not sure what’s wrong with my plants, I often consult the
U of MN Extension Garden diagnostic site.

Contributed by Master Gardener Kathy Luoma