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Gardeners who want to grow a fine crop of carrots are being offered a helping hand by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Carrot ‘Marion’ AGM

The RHS dished out three new Awards of Garden Merit (AGMs) for its 2010 quick-maturing, early carrot trials.

Carrot cultivars receiving AGM status are ‘Marion’ (pictured, left) ‘Baladis’ and ‘Balancio’.

Judges said ‘Marion’ gave a good crop of smooth, slightly tapered roots.

Carrot ‘Baladis’ was praised for “smooth, sweet roots of good flavour” while ‘Balancio’ developed “smooth, almost coreless roots of good flavour”.

Head of horticultural trials, Kylie Balmain, said: “There is nothing to beat the taste of early carrots, picked straight from the ground. Hopefully, because these varieties can be grown in the garden or in containers, those who have not grown carrots before will give them a try this year. Planting can take place from March.”

For more information about growing carrots, go to 8 rhs.org.uk/gardening/grow-your-own/veg-a-to-z/carrots.