Chris’s allotment blog

Midnight munchers!

The carrots that were too small for a badger...

The nibbled remains of the Autumn carrots...

I squelched up to the allotment in my wellies today – the ground was really sodden and everything was looking a bit bedraggled after the snow and cold weather, that droopy, brown look that gardens get in the winter. I haven’t been down there for ages, as there is not much to do at this time of year but it’s Christmas Eve and I wanted to harvest the Autumn carrots to have with lunch tomorrow. As I approached the carrot patch, it looked like the snow had completely flattened the carrot rows but as I got nearer I could see that they weren’t flattened, they were DUG UP! Flippin’ heck, I’ve been plundered!  With much muttering under my breath about pillaging scoundrels, I looked more closely. The green carrot tops, with a little shoulder of carrot attached, were scattered around, the sad nibbled remains what had been my carrot crop! Not many human thieves would eat unwashed carrots straight from the ground, I decided. Having decided that the thief was probably not human, I calmed down a bit and a bit of Christmas spirit returned. I guess it must have been some very hungry badger or squirrel, who had pounced on the temping orange morsels as soon as the frozen ground could be dug to yield its buried feast. And there were a few small carrots left (very discerning badger, leaving me the small carrots!), so we will be able to have a little taste of home-grown carrots with Christmas lunch…So Merry Christmas, you feral foragers, have a carrot or 50 on me. We’ll just have to eat more Brussel sprouts…