Bit of a major, this one.
This past summer I made the decision, in consultation with John's sister Anna, that we really had to redo one of the raised beds in the gardens at Struan Farm. We have this insidious grass called "twitch" or "kooch" that gets embedded in plant roots, bulbs, whatever, and literally takes over. To the point where it's virtually impossible to weed.
So the decision was made that I'd take out the plants in this bed over winter, save the dahlia tubers and bulbs for replanting provided we could get the twitch out of them, to be followed by replacing the soil in the bed with clean, fresh topsoil. We'll most likely need to move some of the rocks and weed around them (this part of the project will involve John, these are heavy limestone slabs).
This past weekend friend Rowena and I dug everything out, including quite the mother load of dahlia tubers:
I must admit that this was backbreaking work, I'm tired just looking at the photos! But I'm also glad we were able to salvage so many dahlias.