The downside of two stakes per tree was that we immediately doubled the expense. We saw an advert in the Organic NZ magazine by Growing Things and decided to give them a go. They sell, amongst others, hardwood stakes that are untreated (organic if you like) and should last 10 to 15 years in the ground. At least that is what they claim. Mike Ponder, in his book "The Good Oil", mentioned that the hardwood stakes they used only lasted a year in the ground ... I really hope this is not the case.
|Gerry helping to carry the stakes to our car.|
|Gerry and Jan between heaps of different stakes at the Growing Things warehouse. |
I think the ones we got are beech wood.
|Hammering in 200 stakes in one morning is no easy feat! It resulted in a number of nasty blisters. :-}|