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

7/8/15

Cucumber Teepees and Weeding



Today we had 10  youth volunteers and their 2 adult chaperone's from WPG United Methodist Church helping in the garden along with our two Master Gardener volunteers Deb and Bridget.

We divided in 4 teams.  Two teams tackled weeding the kohlrabi,  pak choi, carrots and the raspberry patch.  The two other teams
learned how to set up the cucumber teepee's and lift up the cucumbers to get them off the ground and onto the twine supports of the teepee's.
As mentioned in an earlier blog, the vertical gardening gets the vegetables off the
ground, makes it easier to see and harvest the produce and provides more space to grow other plants.  After the weeding was done all 4 teams made quick work of finishing as many teepee's as we had time to set up.

When our work was done, we walked the
garden and everyone found that one or two of their favorite vegetables were growing in the Giving Garden.  Many votes went to corn and tomatoes as the favorites with carrots coming in second followed by cucumbers and even Brussels sprouts!

Delicious watermelon was a thirst quenching and energy restoring snack for this great group of volunteers.


- Contributed by Deb Lynch, WA County Master Gardener