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#52557 May 27th, 2007 at 04:41 PM
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I have a septic system in my backyard, and I am not sure how large the leach field is. I do, however, see a conspicuous line running through the yard where the grass is much thicker and greener. My vegetable garden starts about 10-15 ft. away from this green patch and is slightly uphill from it. Should I go ahead and dispose of my plants and forget about gardening on the area? This is the only spot I have, so maybe I should think about containers?

Any help about the contaminants of septic systems would be appreciated. I have googled this and I see differing views - some say not to worry, others say no way. Some say bacteria cannot enter plants through roots, others say they can.

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How about making a raised bed garden in that spot and putting a good 6 or 8 mil poly sheet on the bottom for added insurance before filling it with black dirt?


Soilmover #52782 May 28th, 2007 at 05:45 AM
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Sounds like a good idea if you want to be absolutely sure your ok. I'd go with about a foot tall at least since your putting down a root barrier. That way the carrots and radishes and other rooty vegetables shouldn't pierce it.


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tkhooper #53293 May 28th, 2007 at 05:25 PM
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I don't have any leafy or in-ground vegetables planted like radishes, lettuce or potatoes. Everyone tells me if I wash the tomatoes thoroughly I should be OK.

I am pretty sure my garden is not planted directly over the drain area. I am about 10 ft. away (with most plants being further away than that).

I am sure I have probably eaten worse at restaurants or from the grocery store. ;)


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