It’s nearly 10 months since we moved to Somerset. Life is beginning to take shape: Ailsa has a job here, Lewis starts at the local primary school in September (where did that time go??) and Rory the pre-school. We’re exploring the new surroundings and can now make it to the shops for milk without the need for the sat nav.
Then there’s the garden. Here 8 observations from my time here in Somerset so far.
I’ve been banging on about my love for kale since the very beginning of Real Men Sow. All hail curly kale!, I announced back in February 2011 after harvesting 42 leaves in the middle of winter. I love kale, and have grown various forms since then, including dwarf curly, normal curly, purple kale and the sweeter cavolo nero.
So when Alison from Backyard Larder very kindly offered me another variety, I was delighted to snap up the chance – especially as this particular type of kale is a perennial plant…
A perennial kale? That grows back every year? How could I refuse?
Living in Essex, I learnt a lot about watering. It’s one of the the driest places in England, and being predominantly clay soil, I needed to be on top of my watering game.
A few years ago I wrote 7 Tips for Effective Watering on the Allotment, but thanks to my Essex upbringing I learnt a lot more too. So here are 8 more tips to help with your watering that I’ve picked up since.