did I plant too early?
This is the first time I've been able to have a garden of my own and have maybe gotten a little too excited and planted my dahlias too early. I'm in Maryland, zone 7a and have just planted some dahlia tubers today. While I read quite a bit before planting I've only just learned that the ideal soil temperatures for planting are 50-80 degrees. I planted them today after having read that they can be planted once danger of frost has passed, which I believe it has, but apparently it may still be too early to plant them and maybe I should have waited another month?
Another concern I have is that I didn't till the soil deep enough. I've planted them about 4-5 inches deep in a clay-like soil, but only tilled to about 7 inches deep and only in the area where the tuber was planted. I did mix the planting soil with compost as well as some fertilizer. So basically, my questions are the following:
1. If I planted them too early, should i dig them back up and wait another month to plant them? What happens if I leave them planted?
2. If it is ok to leave them planted, what about the tilling? Should I dig them up and till the soil further and replant them? How important is it to till the soil to the proper depth?
Thanks to everyone for taking the time to answer my questions!