THE GARDEN STORY

Retail Construction Services, Inc. is dedicated to giving back.

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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9/27/16

9/21/16 RAIN, RAIN, RAIN!


Rain has made watering the garden very easy this summer, but it hasn’t made volunteer sessions in the garden so simple!  These swallowtail butterfly caterpillars munching happily on our parsley were the only live critters who got their photo taken earlier this week.  We human critters from Trillium and Daylily Garden Clubs and the Washington County Master Gardener program worked hard to harvest and get out of the downpour.  Hence, no photos!  Thanks, ladies!
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Yukon Gold and French Fingerling potatoes ready for donation!


9/14/16
Washington County Horticulture Society members come out to the garden for the first time!
Thank you, Chuck, for your master soybean shucking, and thank you to Joan and Helen for grabbing all those tomatoes!  We picked 47 pounds of produce together.
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9/9/16  
Willis Insurance Agency volunteers help harvest 150 pounds!
Thanks for making the drive to Lake Elmo!  You are much appreciated for giving of your time on a soggy morning.

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9/9/16

Tomato Sauce, Salsa, Tomato-Basil Pizza, Roasted Tomatoes, Caprese Salad, TOMATOES-A-PLENTY!

9/8/16
Tomato Sauce, Salsa, Tomato-Basil Pizza, Roasted Tomatoes, Caprese Salad, TOMATOES-A-PLENTY!
Don’t you wish our window of fresh tomato-picking could go a wee bit longer?  We wait and wait for tiny seeds to germinate in April, then transplant the seedlings into the garden when the soil warms, watch for buds in June, spy green fruit turn to red (or yellow or orange or purple…)in August to FINALLY being able to release them from their vines now!  Soon the waiting game will begin again.  Enjoy while you can!
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Victoria and Elise making Pizza Margherita for the RCS staff with tomatoes and basil from the garden.


8/22/16 Garden Friends
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Evan, King of the Corn Smut!
Thankfully, we only found two cobs with this interesting fungus.
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Field of Dreams?
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Cucumbers and Radish (our second planting!)


8/31/16 Andersen Windows Corporation Volunteers
When the kids go back to school, we rely on corporate volunteers to help us continue the harvest.  I forget just how much work a group of adults can accomplish!  Thanks for helping to pull some weeds and harvest 79 pounds of food!  
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9/2/16 John and Janet Luoma
My in-laws came out to the garden to see where they can find me most days in the summer.  John was particularly fond of the pepper varieties!  He is very excited to try some extra special, extra spicy salsa thanks to Bob.  
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