Experiment with your dahlias
■ We had greatest success this year with the ‘Mignon Mixed’ annual dahlias that we gave away as free seeds in May.
■ I sowed and grew several plants and they flowered for months, attracting lots of bees and butterflies.
■ When I came to dig them up I noticed that many of the roots had developed into traditional dahlia tubers, which is where the plant stores the sugars necessary for growth the following year.
■ Although these were annual plants, I harvested the tubers and am overwintering them in a tray of sandy compost to re-plant next year.
■ I’ll let you know how I get on!