- Jul 22, 2010
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- Mattapoisett, Massachusetts
digitS' said:Yes, they are dug but they go right back in the same ground, next spring.
In regard to all that post hole digging I have a suggestion though of course not a cheap one. but, compared to all the chiropractor visits it may save you money. I have always been a lover of the MAntis tiller. I am on my forth one in 30 or so years . They last 10 to12 years.the smallest one is affordable. I bought the expensive one this last time, four cycle, which requires straight gas, no gas oil mix, which can be a pain. As a daylily breeder I have a lot of transplanting to do. The furrower attachment lets you make a good sized well pulverized trench in with I plant my daylilies at the appropriate depth and just fill in the trench. It takes a fraction of the digging time compared to hundreds of single holes. It may not be deep enough for you but may give you a good head start on all of that digging. They are guaranteed five years and are made in the USA .
That means, the soil is already cultivated for them. Planting with a post hole digger (aka, the most hated tool on the farm) is a backache. Digging in the fall can be a slow & easy process. Cleaning while sitting on a stool in the backyard ain't much fun but it saves on weight going down to the basement.
I'm also a fan of gladiolas. I feel like I'm "gettin' 'er dun" working in the dirt. I dig a bed completely out to about 6" for the glads and am always glad to have 'em . Perennials are "weed traps" by comparison to these two!
You may be able to save the tubers from dahlias grown from seed. I've done that but it probably takes nearly ideal storage conditions for the little dahlias. I had some pom pons that were originally grown from seed.