As it turned out, the rain had hardly penetrated the soil but if only psychologically it felt better to be making holes in the ground in dampened earth than in matter that was bone dry.
In any case, the first kale plant has gone out. It’s in a hugel bed where sweetcorn failed to germinate, so now I envisage this popping up around the kale. Not much chance of that but then kale seems to do better than sweetcorn for me – and it will keep us going for longer.
Ironically, the kale plant that has just gone out is bigger than the ones I pulled the first time I grew it. So, starting off inside has definitely been a success, so far.