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

5/7/15

Junior Master Gardeners Preparing Plants for the Garden!

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Look what we are up to! The Junior Master Gardener kids
led by Kathy and Liz learned all about germination while starting many kinds of tomato seeds. Once the seedlings developed some of their true leaves, we transplanted them into larger pots. Now they are basking in the warm light inside the brand new greenhouse at The Giving Garden! Coming soon to the greenhouse will be the cucumbers, summer squash and winter squash.

On a recent cold, sleeting day, the Junior Master Gardeners learned how to make homemade seed tape for small seeds such as carrot, chard, kale, beets and radish! Have you ever planted tiny seeds in your garden just to have them sprout in clumps because they were washed
together or not sprout at all because they were planted too deeply? Seed tape can improve crop yield and make thinning and weeding much easier! Seed tape can be expensive to buy in the stores, especially for the seed amounts we need for a large garden such as this one! All one needs is toilet paper, a flour and water paste, a small paintbrush and seeds! Oh, and a little patience, too!

We are looking forward to getting out to The Giving Garden for the first time to see the garden
when it is set up for the 2015 summer season!

submitted by Master Gardener Kathy Luoma

Foot Note:  Thank you Lakeview Foundation for your donation of our greenhouse!