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.

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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Junior Master Gardeners and Friends Return Like Old Pros!

Junior Master Gardeners
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Many tasks were completed this morning in the garden by a group of experienced Junior Master Gardeners and friends! 
We began our morning observing the large, open flowers on the yellow summer squash and zucchini plants to find out which were male and female.  Then we got out the Qtips and gently captured the pollen on the male stamen and transferred it to the female pistil...just like our pollinator friends do each day while on their foraging trips!

Speaking of pollinator friends, the two monarch caterpillars I shared with the kids last week have transitioned to their chrysalis stage. They will remain there for 10-14 days.   See the photo!

Harvested today was zucchini, yellow squash, basil, lettuce, kale, cucumber, broccoli and pepper for a total of 9 pounds.  Then we took on some weeding in our 14 rows of corn.  Weeding is usually the least favorite task of any gardener I know, but not these helpers!

  I didn’t hear one complaint!  They certainly deserved their watermelon treat at the end of our session!

Thanks for your help today!
--Kathy Luoma, Washington County Master Gardener