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Karen and Curt

We too have a septic system and it gets pumped every two years. We do occasionally put RidX (beneficial bacteria) down the toilet just as we leave for a day or two. Probably available at Amazon if you're interested.
My rhubarb plants and daylilies that are planted ther do extremely well. 😉
Glad you figured out the problem before things got really sh***y!


The fun never ends at Chata Diviak!

Jackie Elliot

I think you should consider the prosperity of Scott's tomatoes when emptying the tank. The Chinese, almost the best cuisine in the world, were very big on "night soil". xxx

Cousin Judy & Aunt Shirley

Glad the situation has been solved! Due to our older suburban house, we must have our sewer lines cleared of roots every year! Good luck with figuring out the schedule! Such a pain when it starts to back up!

JoEllen Zumberge

I remember having to have the plumber in a few times to snake the junk out of the pipes in the apartment I lived in when I was at ASU in Tempe. He said it was the roots too.
Jackie: I am afraid to ask - how does one acquire then distribute "night soil"?

Adrian Buck

er hmmm! In the UK the Night Soil man would collect deposits - using a horse towed cart which looked a bit like a seed drill. I have seen pictures and a preserved cart at the Hillside Horse Sanctuary. It appears they were in use in rural Norfolk up to the 1950's.

Not wishing to display an unhealthy interest in septic tanks but .... underground tanks used to be made of brick with gaps left between the joints. The liquid waste then filters away - until you suffered from the dreaded waxing of the tank which stopped the seepage process. Which may explain the volumetric inconsistency!

Modern tanks (bio-discs?) also allow excess "water" to drain off.

The local commune has its own green system including osier bed.

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Adrian B

JoEllen Zumberge

Adrian, thank you for the lesson. I am glad to know it was a kind of 'job' and that it helped employ people...
er hmmm is right!
Love, Jo

Tim Jones

My Great Aunt Sarah-Matilda lived in a 250 year old cottage in west Wales when she retired. She didn't have anything as sophisticated as a septic tank. Great Uncle Beynon (her brother) lived up the road and once a year came and dug a shallow trench from the plum tree to a point down the garden that experience had taught him was "sufficient". Aunty Tella, as Sarah-Matilda was known, visited the Ty-Bach when nature called. The Ty-Bach, from the Welsh meaning "little house", was a very small shed at the bottom of the garden with a bucket set beneath two planks with a hole in the middle. The contents of the bucket were then deposited in the trench and covered using a trowel left next to the trench.
As a consequence of 250 years of deposits the soil in her garden was very rich. The plum tree produced a huge crop year in year out and her lettuces, beans, potatoes etc etc were abundant and divine.
Sadly we don't have the trowel anymore. Nor Great Aunt Sarah-Matilda who lived well into her nineties.

For those who are interested Ty-Bach is pronounced Ty as in tea and Bach as in the composer.

JoEllen Zumberge

Just goes to show you, Tim, that living today is best. (!)

JoEllen Zumberge

Except our garden isn't nearly as lush your Aunt's!

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