Here's my next naive question: The ideal sunniest spot in my backyard is directly over the septic drain field. I can tell because when it snowed that was the only place where the snow melted, so it's getting plenty of warm bacterial action there! Somewhere in the back of my mind, I think it may not be a good idea to grow food where my waste is percolating. Even if it is my own. Is this true? If so, how far away should I move the garden? 5 feet? 10 feet? I am limited by shade from the trees. If I have to move it, is it better to have partial shade in the morning or evening? I'd like to have the garden in my backyard, just for asthetics. My yard's a 0.25 acre so there's not a lot of room. If not, if it is okay to leave the garden where I planned, directly over the septic field, what happens if I need to get it drained? If they have to do work on the septic system, will they just dig up the pipe that goes in or will they dig up the whole field? thanks and Happy New Year!