Something didn’t look quite right when I took a quick glance out the window yesterday morning at the garden. It was raining and had been raining off an on for the past few days. There are only a few things in the garden right now, Carrots, some Herbs, Pak Choy, Chinese Cabbage, Swiss Chard, and Scallions.
It was the Carrot bed that was looking wrong. At first I thought the foliage was matted down from all the rain. When I walked out I was stunned to see that most of the foliage was gone!
This is what the bed looked like only a few days before:
This is what I found:
The foliage had been eaten! Luckily, just the tops were gone. The carrots below were fine except for a few small ones that lay on top of the soil. I found some evidence of a few deer prints in the rain soaked garden soil, so I knew they were the culprits.
I don’t have many problems with deer in the garden. I know they are around, but the woods surrounding the property and the apple trees in a different part of the yard usually provide them with plenty of food. Now whatever apples are left are rotting on the ground and there is no more foliage on the trees. So the nice green carrot tops must have been quite a treat.
I was planning on harvesting the carrots soon, but felt the urge to do so right away even though it began to drizzle again. I pulled them all, trimmed what was left of the tops, and gave them a quick rinse with the garden hose:
Complete carrot calamity avoided.