Carrot - Maestro F1
This is a multi-use carrot which can be harvested as bunching carrots or left for autumn harvest. It has a good, fresh flavour, and tastes great raw or cooked. The RHS trials commend this one, so you know you canâ€™t go wrong.
Sow outdoors. Before sowing, prepare the ground by raking until it is fine and crumbly, removing any large stones. Make shallow channels in the soil 30cm apart. Sow thinly, 1cm deep in the drills. Lightly cover the seed with soil. Thin out the plants to about 5cm apart when the seedlings are large enough to handle. Water the ground regularly, especially during dry periods. Once germinated, carrots should be watered only when necessary to keep the soil moist as excessive water may encourage leaf growth instead of roots. During growth, the carrot roots may be earthed up to prevent green crowns developing. Cover later carrot sowings with fleece or fine netting, and remove all thinnings from the site to minimise carrot fly infestation. Carrots can be harvested from July to December depending on their sowing date. Pull a single carrot first to assess the size of the roots. If the soil is dry, lifting carrots can be made easier by watering beforehand. Roots can be stored in a cool, dry place for up to 4 months.