wet peat soil

Asked April 4, 2016, 2:19 PM EDT

I have an area that is almost always wet peat soil. Is there an edible plant (vegetable-fruit tree or plant) Annual or perennial that would grow good in this kind of condition? I would like to grow something that will help to fill my root-cellar. The area is down hill from a seep field from a septic system. Would this make it unsafe to grow food. Thanks Dave

Isanti County Minnesota septic field soil and fertility issues

1 Response

We do not recommend planting food crops over a septic system. Plants grown above septic fields and drain tanks should be shallow-rooted, so no trees or shrubs. Read here about plants in this kind of a location:
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/landscaping/landscaping-septic-systems/

Not many edibles grow in constantly wet soil. A couple that comes to mind are watercress and celery. But generally speaking vegetables and fruits must have well-drained soil. You can broaden your palette by making raised beds:
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/landscaping/raised-bed-gardens/