Septic Tank Field-Raised Beds for Vegetables

Q: I am excited about growing fruits and vegetables for the first time. I am only interested in non-GMO, organic edibles. But I have a septic tank in my back yard. Can I plant tomatoes, cucumbers, and sweet potatoes in containers?

A: This will be a great venture! The first good news is that there are no GMO vegetable seeds available to homeowners, so no worries there. As you realize, most experts do not recommend gardening in a septic field. Pots cost a lot for the size you need: 30″ diameter at least. Why not build raised beds 12″ high with weed cloth on the bottom to separate vegetable roots from the underlying soil?

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