THE GARDEN STORY

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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.

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.

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The RCS Giving Garden

The RCS Giving Garden

7/27/15

And the Winner Is...Green Zebra!



On the hottest, most humid day we have had yet this season, our enthusiastic group picked 95 pounds of produce and found our first ripe tomato!  Of the many varieties we are growing, the Green Zebra heirloom tomato produced our first ripe fruit ready for the picking!  The others aren’t far behind!  We picked a rainbow container of ornamental peppers for the first time, too!


Landing on his behind
picking carrots!
The heat has been a friend to our summer vegetables!  We harvested zucchini large enough to become baseball bats from Friday to Mondays picking!  A  plant produced enough cucumbers to nearly knock over the picker!  Carrots released from the ground landed a little guy on his behind!  


This group of kids was proud to help with
the task of recording the patty pan squash collected for our University of Minnesota Seed Trials.  

Recording the Patty Pan!
Patty Pan squash come in such fun shapes and colors from ‘Eight Ball’ that look like a dark, perfectly formed orb to ‘Lunar Eclipse’ that resemble light green spaceships!
 
As we enjoyed our watermelon, we decided it would be important to sample the taste of our Kaleidoscope carrots as well.  Look at how beautiful they are on the inside and outside!  The opinion was that the purple dragon carrots had the strongest taste while the yellow carrots had the mildest flavor.

Finally, when one lends her calculator on her phone to an almost 11 year-old fun-loving and very smart boy so that he can calculate the total pounds of produce, one might find her phone returned to her with this boy’s face as her new screen-saver!  Love it!  We sure do have fun in this garden!

- Contributed by Master Gardener Kathy Luoma
- Assisted by Master Gardener Tricia Jorgenson