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Plot markers

I am new to this list.  I have recently inherited the management of our
County's community gardens, a total of 200 plots in 2 locations.  As far as
anyone can remember, the plots were always mapped and staked in April,
leased from May to October, then cleared and plowed in the fall, to be
repeated next year.  This seemed like an incredible waste of energy by both
the County and the gardeners, so I am pushing a move to year-round plots.  I
am holding a meeting of interested gardeners in a few weeks to brainstorm
probable issues and solutions, so I will probably be seeking advice often in
the coming months.  The first issue though is probably simple.  Since the
plots were always temporary, the parks dept staked them with simple wooden
stakes.  Now these markers need to be more permanent.  Since this is still
an "experiment" from upper management point of view, they can't be truly
permanent (like concrete) but need to last at least a couple of years.  My
inclination is 4' metal u-posts, like used for fencing.  Recycled lumber was
too expensive.  Before we spent $800 on posts I thought this was a good time
to check with this listserv.


Cary Oshins
Composting Specialist
Lehigh County Office of Solid Waste

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