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Gardening assets are both tangible and intangible. There is not only the satisfaction of watching living beings thrive under a caring touch, but also the sheer pleasure of ripping out invasive species that would dare make themselves at home in your botanical refuge.   Bryon’s patience, which far exceeds mine, plus a medicinal tincture of time, has yielded impressive results.

On the left side, front to back we have:  tomatillos, eggplant, tomato plants, potato plants, and (by the chicken coop) beans.

Middle row:  beet greens and Bordeaux spinach (lower left corner of photo); volunteer potato plants (right side of middle row); carrots; and shallots, eggplant, endive, and more potatoes.

Right row, front to back:  spinach, collard greens, red Russian kale, Bloomsdale and monster spinach, carrots, bush peas and beans, pepper plants, bok choy and Napa cabbage, sorrel, leek, onions, and mixed greens. There are also assorted tomato and potato plants.                                                                                                       At the other end of the garden you can see mixed greens, squash, and pumpkin. In the lower bed Bryon planted popcorn, potatoes, beans, cucumbers, and melons.                                                                                              Today Bryon harvested ten two-gallon bags of bok choy, lettuce, collard greens and kale. At California prices–$3.50/8 ounce bag–this would have cost $105.00 retail.