These septic system basics will help homesteaders handle septic problems.
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Sterile urine is a good source of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, and can be diluted with water at a ratio of 1-to-10 to help your garden grow.
A laundry filter keeps particulates from plugging up your septic system leach field.
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Get septic-system savvy: Understanding your system's innards will help you keep it in good working condition.