From feeling the seakale packet, I could have sworn it was a root rather than seeds. However, it turns out to be the latter, which comes as something of a relief as I reckon that means more chance of success.
Apparently, seakale is one of Britain’s native perennial vegetables, so liked by the Victorians it is hardly to be seen these days. Now, since the name itself suggests it grows by the sea, I am intrigued to find out how well it will fare in a back garden some fifty miles from the nearest shore.
In any case, I do have a spot in the garden which both is in full sun and tends to be moist (prerequisites for seakale). I think it may be at a keyline, although I know little about these matters and have never tested the theory.
The packet says to sow in early spring and with temperatures at 21 degrees Celsius today, it would appear that I’ve missed the optimum time. That said, with temperatures dropping tomorrow, maybe not.
Another suggestion on the seed packet is that the soil is fertile – and I needed to have bokashi solids to make sure of that. (Okay, there are other ways and means but that’s another discussion – I happen to have solids in need of a long term home.) This meant digging a hole, whereupon I can across two garlic bulbils which I didn’t dig up last summer, since they were smothered by poppies.