Gatehouse, at least you consider yourself to be lucky to have a badger. So you do see a benefit to it. They are beautiful animals and not everyone sees one, even in a lifetime, so you can enjoy them for that.
I suppose all gardening has its pros and its cons and it really depends on how much money you are prepared to spend to enjoy one and get over the other.
We used to have a badger in our garden and we loved to watch it. I also loved to grow carrots but found that the two were incompatible so, in the end, I bought my carrots at the shop, turned off the tv and we enjoyed the badger show.
I believe that the Riverford Organic veg box people put up an electric fence to keep the badgers out of their pumpkin patch, though I think that the current had to be pretty high to keep them away.
If you live near a farm supply shop maybe you could investigate a small electric fence?