growing carrots in straw bales?

9 years ago

I've got horrible red clay but I want to grow carrots... I've tried the past couple years with little success. The carrots are either too tiny to bother with or the clay has such a hold on them that it breaks either the stems or the carrot itself. I added mushroom compost and other organic matter to my soil with no luck- it's almost like it turns to clay as soon as it gets incorporated. I'm thinking about trying to grow carrots in straw bales... I've got Red Cored Chantenay, Danvers Half Long, Muscade, Snow White and Purple Dragon carrots. Does anyone here have experience with this method? Is there a certain fertilizer (organic) that I would need to side dress with since the growing medium would only be straw?

Thanks for any help,


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