Gardening near septic drain field

Asked May 15, 2018, 11:01 AM EDT

Is it safe to plant edible plants near a septic drain field? And when i say edible plants I mean, above ground, non leafy foods, such as tomatoes, raspberries, blueberries, peppers, corn, etc. Would there be any pathogenic concern if I extended the question to include low laying foods like lettuce, kale, other leafy greens, zucchini, or watermelon? Any other info regarding planting near a septic drain field would also be appreciated. Thanks!

Sherburne County Minnesota edible plants planting over septic drain field horticulture

1 Response

It is not recommended that you plant any edibles near septic drain fields. I can't really say exactly what a safe distance is, that is out of my area of expertise, but if it were me I would avoid the area all together. Here is a link that talks about landscaping around septic mounds. http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/landscaping/landscaping-septic-systems/