Here's a question I go back and forth on. I have a septic system with a leach field. The leach field essentially has no other use, but it's an important one.
- I cannot plant perennials on it for fear of root disturbances.
- Between location and town ordinances I cannot graze animals on it.
- I cannot till it for garden beds without potentially wrecking it.
- I could build raised garden beds but if I never need to repair or replace something I have multiplied the labor of doing so.
Are there any ways I can increase this plot's utility?
I've been considering a scythe! How do you find it compares to a weed whacker for edging around log perimeters and fencing and such? Also our food forest is young and will need some mowing in close spaces this year so a scythe won't get a full swing...
The comments above about water features have me wondering about them from the opposite view. I have natural springs that make half my property a skunk cabbage-growing muck. Would mini-ponds help contain and direct the seepage? Would thinning the crowded over- and understory trees to allow more sunlight dry out the soil?
I don't want to dig a straight ditch to direct the water off my property but I would love to use that space for fruit tree guilds and chicken paddocks.