What happened to my sprouts? For months I have been carefully tending my prize crop of brussel sprouts - 4 sturdy plants, my best ever, each containing plenty of large, firm, tightly packed succulent buttons. I was saving them for Christmas Day. But when I went to gather them, after the snow had melted, disaster! 4 foot high plants had been reduced to mere 6 inch bare stubs. Sprouts, leaves, the head - all had been devoured. And the same fate befell my brocolli. The site on which they grow is surrounded by fields - could it be rabbits, crows or pheasants? . With such voracious appetites? The utter devastation would indicate something larger. Whatever it was, I just hope they enjoyed their Christmas treat.
Keith Wade, Weald, Sevenoaks, Kent, UK
- 30 Dec, 2009