Dahlia Newbie...I need help Please
I've been a gardener in many forms for 20 plus years but have only tried growing a fwtimes, buying growing dahlia from local nusery and never had good luck ;( ..My sis this year for Christmas gave me a "starter Dahlia garden...jackson & Perkins tubers as follows; Pigmos...Red pigmy,Little Tiger & Yellow Happiness, and Pink Princess
Dahlia cactus ; Color Spectacle... I plan on adding to this bed once established... I love thier look & form and have drooled over many in others gardens or in magazines.
My question, sorry I get chatty !, is...I've reshearched the basics on dahlia s, but we live one lot off the lake in Greenwood,sc, which is inbetween g'vill & columbia. Its an old home place w/ packed red mud/sand combo,you eed a jackhammer to till soil, so all our beds are raised.Any tips from you guys on to the best combo of soils, additives, anything that will help my babies grow to their beutiful potentail ?... Als, how big and deep ( built up) would you make it. I'm lucky to have carpenter honey who will build me what I need & loves gardening too... any & all help would be appreciated....oh best sun for this area... I can make bed in full sun, but here in July/august it gets 90-100 hot hot temps.... thanks.... Judy