The best I can say is that it happened in the early spring. The plants aren’t up yet, and though a great deal of damage has been done, and much more may come, I can at least imagine the damage can be repaired. But in time?
The septic system has been operating with no problem for many decades, but it is old. I knew it would fail someday. Last Sunday, while out broadcasting seed, I noticed the holding tank was overflowing. So I called in someone to pump it out and plumbers to investigate. After failing with minimal exploratory television probes and other less intrusive methods, they cut my 8-foot deer fence and brought in the backhoe.
They started moving from the tank across the end of the garden. I assume many plants will never recover, but still hold out hope some will survive. It happened much too quickly to even think of moving anything. I won’t go into the possible complications. It’s too anxiety provoking.
There’s a six-foot-deep trench across about forty feet of the garden now. Tomorrow? I can only imagine.
The moral of the story is clear.