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

7/1/15

AJ Finds Lots of Fresh New Honey in the Hives!


Shiny uncapped honey in one of our bee hive frames!

A.J. suited up!
A.J. was out to the garden today to check on the bee hives.  What he found was a lot of new honey!  He brought one of the frames for a close-up so that we could see all of the fresh uncapped honey.


When the bees collect honey, the moisture content is very, very high, about 80% moisture.  Honey cannot be extracted and used at this high moisture content because it would ferment before it could be consumed.  The moisture content of honey should be dried to about 17-18%.

How is this done? Well, A.J. lets the bees tell him this!  

When the moisture level is correct, the bees will cap off each honey comb.  Before it is capped off, bees dry the honey by beating their wings.  Once the moisture content is down to that 17-18% level, they cap off the honey comb to prevent the honey from absorbing any moisture.

Those honey bee's, and A.J. our beekeeper, continue to teach and amaze us!  

- Contributed by Joni Fletty