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

6/17/15

Wednesday in the Garden with Woodbury UMC Summer Stretch

Woodbury UMC Summer Stretch
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Harvest day for herbs and strawberries!  What a fragrant morning with our Summer Stretch volunteers snipping the herbs - bounteous basil, chives, tarragon, cilantro, rosemary and thyme.  It was fun to crush a few leaves, enjoy the aroma and imagine what type of food will be seasoned using these plants. Then it was on to harvesting strawberries and delicately liberating the few weeds from the raised beds.   
 
It is good to report that the corn we seeded last Wednesday is germinating with signs of young corn plants emerging from the soil.  

On to weeding- which is much less of a choir this year with landscape fabric covering aisles and rows.  Weeding work is now easy cultivation around the plants to get rid of the few weeds that appear and the errant grasses that like to make their way into the garden.  Squash, cabbage and brussels sprouts rows were tidied.   One of our youth volunteers help pull and pin the landscape fabric back into place in several areas to prevent future weeds.
 
Joni, special thanks for the refreshing watermelon snack after the work was done.  Kudos to the Summer Stretch volunteers this week.   
 
First Donation of 2015!
- Contributed by Deb Lynch, Washington County Master Gardener