Vegetables - Knowledgebase Question

Magnolia, MA
Question by jicolbath
May 3, 2001
Is it okay to plant vegetables on top of a leeching field? Does it matter how deep (below the surface) the top of the field is? Does it matter if the vegetable grows above or below ground?

Answer from NGA
May 3, 2001


It really is not a good idea to plant anything except grass over a septic system leach area. It's important for water to be able to evaporate. Turfgrass will actually help wick water up from the ground. Find a different spot for your veggie garden!

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