Sherlock – Carrot Ranch

Artwork by Phil Burns

The Carrot Ranch Challenge:
In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story inspired by the phrase “Naked Gardening”.

Click here to hear the author read his words:


I am tending my marrows, feeling more confident than ever of capturing the Vegetable of the Year Trophy at the Helton-on-Clyde Garden Festival.
My wife always laughed at me when I said I’d do anything to win.
But this new fertiliser, a secret to all except myself, has made such a difference.
A quiet cough makes me turn my head.
Sherlock Holmes, accompanied by Dr Watson, is studying me.
The Great Detective’s first question strips me naked, and tells me that I’m heading for the gallows.
Do you think that your produce is quite suitable for vegetarians, he asks.

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4 Responses to Sherlock – Carrot Ranch

  1. jenne49 says:

    You made me laugh with this.
    Who else could get Sherlock into a ‘naked gardening’ prompt?
    What an imagination.
    An excellent story.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Corine Gouy says:

    J’adore cette histoire , et ton humour .tu as mis un large sourire sur mes lèvres. Merci Monsieur. Le dessin est génial. Bravo Phil !


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