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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7/7/14

Rutherford Junior Master Gardeners Pick 50+ Pounds of Cucumbers, Lettuce and Zucchini!


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“Look how fat this cucumber is!”  “This zucchini is huge!”  “The cucumbers have pokey things but the zucchini are smooth.”  


“I like the way the lettuce edges and colors are all so different.”  

Let’s taste test a cucumber to see how good it is right off the vine!”

These are just some of the discoveries a fun group of Junior Master Gardeners and their family members made on Monday in the garden.  We picked lots of cucumbers, zucchini and lettuce and had fun visiting the shipping area in the RCS building to weigh and record our harvest.  We also found a great way to re-use shredded paper by placing it around our tomato plants to hold moisture and choke out weeds.  One of the girls thought it was a fun way to “litter!”


Finally, we spent time finding the male and female flowers of the squash plants.  The male flowers have a long stem and the female have a short stem with the bulging fruit at the base.  Then we practiced what the bees and other pollinators do for our gardens and helped spread pollen from male to female flowers with q-tips!  

We liked the bright yellow color of the pollen.  Just like the sunshine in the sky!

Adding up the pounds of veggies picked!
- Contributed by Washington County Master Gardener Kathy Luoma