Posted: 23/03/2014 at 10:05
sounds like a problem with the soak away there should be an area which will have been prepared with gravel and sand when the septic tank system was installed. sometimes these get silted up over time and the water doesn't soak away so much as run along near the surface.
use your nose if its a bit wiffy round the area you are talking about then its a problem.
I'm in Ireland and the farmers round me engage in some serious muck spreading you could cut the air with a knife luckily the smell dissipates after a day.
It's a funny thing really most people don't relate meat to animals they couldn't stand to see a chicken killed for instance and prepared to the carcase that you see on the supermarket shelves. I think its the extremities which upset people the most.
Well as an uncomfortable truth our waste goes to fertilize the fields that grow our food. What did you think was happening to it? Imagine the size of the pile you would have if it wasn't being used. Bacteria do a fantastic job of breaking it all down, along with all the other insects and worms ect. Compost is pretty much the same thing just hasn't been through the digestive system of an animal first.
Need I mention the most expensive coffee beans in the world have passed through the digestive system of an animal. (please don't choke on your coffee you probably don't drink the really expensive stuff).
I wouldnt put a veg plot in the area your talking about but most other plants will thrive and you can enjoy them, without thinking about what made them grow so well whilst sitting on your plate.
The main problem you could have is water logged clay soil, there needs to be air in there and the best way to get that is get planting.