VIBRANT VINTAGE TINS
YOU WILL NEED potted dahlias (see left); selection of vintage biscuit tins or large cans; hammer and heavy-duty nail; drainage crocks; gravel; potting mix.
ONE Soak the rootballs of the dahlias for 30 mins or so. Use the hammer and sturdy nail to make holes in the bases of the tins – these drainage holes are necessary to prevent the potting mix becoming waterlogged.
TWO Add drainage crocks to the bottom of the first tin, covering the drainage holes so they won’t become blocked with potting mix.
THREE Put a couple of handfuls of gravel in the bottom of the tin, which will again help to improve drainage. Half-fill the tin with potting mix and level off, making sure there are no air pockets. You can do this by gently tapping the tin on the ground to help the potting mix settle.
FOUR Take the first plant from its pot and gently remove some of the potting mix, being careful not to damage the roots. Plant the dahlia in the tin, adding more potting mix around the top so that it sits about 2.5cm or so below the rim. Repeat for the other tins and water sparingly.