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

5/30/15

Too Beat to Plant the Beets Day!


On planting day, we were too beat to plant the beets, so this Saturday was beet day.  Arriving at the garden I found that 50% of our landscape fabric had been pulled up by the wind from the storm the night before.  With a rubber mallet and more landscape pins, everything was put back in place and secured.

Our beets this year were planted in a 1' row, staggered in a zig zag pattern to double our crop production.  They were very happy to stretch their roots into that moist soil!  While the sprinkler was turned on to give the beets and extra drink, it was time to check on the rest of the garden. 

The strawberries are loving their new home and lots of green berries are appearing. 

Kathy Luoma has stopped out at the garden to check on the tomato plants - they look amazing!  These will be planted on June 2nd by the Jr. Master Gardening youth.  They will also be planting the pumpkin patch on that day.   The basil is doing very well in the widow box and the plants in the garden were also doing very well.

Lakeview Foundation has been a supporter of this Teaching Giving Garden.  Their PowerUp program donated farmer "Chomp", their mascot, to stand at the corner of our property, spreading the news of healthy eating.  We have road construction on Lavern Avenue, parallel to our solar panels, and Chomp was leaning forward and had to be straightened out.  He is now ready to greet everyone driving by our garden when the road is completed!

The RCS Teaching Giving Garden is ready for the youth education lessons to begin!  Tuesday, June 2nd, our first group, the Jr. Master Gardening Program will be out, followed by the tiny tots from "A Time for Me" daycare on Thursday, June 4th.

It is going to be a great year!

- Contributed by Joni Fletty