The Airport Authority has its share of home gardeners, from sunflowers to heirloom tomatoes to jalapeño peppers. But one of our own does it in a big way—and it’s hit the local press.
One of our technology gurus not only has all of his gears turning but actually has two green thumbs. Kelly in the Airport Authority’s Information Technology Department and his wife, Janet, decided to convert their yard into an edible garden two years ago, and they haven’t looked back. Together they spent the better part of 2009 organically “killing” their lawn by depriving it of water, spraying it with vinegar, and cutting it super short. They then covered it with cardboard, water and 14 cubic yards of mulch, letting it compost for the organic edibles to follow.
Janet admits that “it looked like the dark side of the moon for nine months or so.” Kelly says that Janet brings the passion for saving the planet but that he seems to have a natural affinity for plants.
Now, arugula, carrots, chives, green rhubarb, lima beans, radishes, collard greens, Brussels sprouts, kale, bok choy, celery, asparagus, squash and tomatoes all tumble out of raised beds or climb stakes and trellises. Passion fruit drops off vines that run along the garden’s edge (vines that are 20 feet long and 5 feet high). Blueberries and lemons flourish on bushes and trees.
Compost is amended with worm castings and rain gutters have been added to collect water from those rare San Diego rain showers. The latest addition is a fortified trellis engineered by Kelly (it’s that geek thing coming through again…) that can support all of the weight of the tomatoes.
Meanwhile, bring on those tomatoes, Kelly!