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

6/10/15

Summer Stretch from WPC-UMC Take on the Corn!

Summer Stretch youth
from Woodbury Peaceful Grove United Methodist Church
The future of the Giving Garden sweet corn crop was looking bleak until the Summer Stretch volunteers arrived.

When we planted in late May, the soil was very wet.  As the soil dried in the sun, it became dry, hard and compacted  making it very difficult for the corn to germinate and push its way out of the soil.   The problem was compounded since sweet corn takes about 80 to 90 days to mature - we were at the end of the planting season. 

The decision was made to replant NOW!  Our volunteers turned over and loosened the soil with hoes and rakes re-creating a nice seed bed.  Fifteen rows of sweet corn were cultivated and replanted in less than 2 hours!  


That work followed by the gentle rains on Thursday should give the new plantings a jump start.  Thank you, Summer Stretch volunteers!
Enjoying cold watermelon after their hard work!
- Contributed by Deb Lynch