Soil and Compost forum→Where to find muck soil?

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May 8, 2021 1:12 PM CST
I apologize in advance for this question (my first one here) making me look like a whackadoodle. Hard to believe but it's actually an honest question that I've been unable to find an answer to. I've been told by other gardeners and I've read about using muck for growing carrots and other root crops. I'm told this "muck" is actually lake or pond bottom sediment and is incredibly nutrient dense soil resulting from years/decades etc of decomposing matter that sinks to the bottom of the lake or pond. Years ago I met a farmer who had the most amazing carrots and he claimed he grew them in 100% muck in raised beds. I didn't think to ask him where he actually got the muck and I've been unable to find a source. Very few people have even known what I was talking about when I asked - lol.

Has anyone ever used this "muck" and if so, can anyone tell me where I could get some? I want to try to grow carrots and I just can't stop thinking of those amazing carrots I saw all those years ago. I'd like a yard or two both for growing some root crops as well as amending some clay soil I have on my property. I've been amending it with compost the last few years but I'd also like to switch it up a bit.

Thanks in advance for any input you may be willing to offer.
I do appreciate your time on this.
West Central Minnesota (Zone 4a)
May 9, 2021 8:43 AM CST
I used to dig it by hand out of the cattails in the lake. River flood plains, and drained swamps are probably muck soil.
Taos, New Mexico (Zone 5b)
Crescit Eundo
Greenhouse Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Mexico
May 21, 2021 10:15 PM CST
Muck is a great additive to a garden but unfortunately the same factors that lead nutrients to concentrate in mud also lead to the concentration of toxic substances, like pesticides. This wasn't a problem 75 years ago but it is now. In some places muck farming is banned due to the danger to farmers, consumers and the environment.

Personally I wouldn't use muck for those reasons, But if you decide to collect muck to use on your crops you should be sure it is free from contaminants, preferably by having it tested by a reputable laboratory.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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May 22, 2021 7:05 PM CST
You don't mention where you live (best guess Flint MIchigan Smiling ) but in the high desert, a big pot full of good potting soil grows great carrots. My 'muck' would be off the alkali flats. Rolling on the floor laughing
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