A calm morning in the backyard and some garden harvest

A garden is a relaxing sanctuary, a calm and quiet place especially early in the morning. The birds, bees, butterflies, flowers and fruits are lovely sights to see. Join me for a partial tour of our small urban backyard garden while I eat my breakfast -- oatmeal with freshly-picked strawberries and coffee. Then we harvest some figs, nectarines, calamondin or calamansi, tomatoes, bittermelon -- called ampalaya in the Philippines and karela in India. Then we watch two hummingbirds put on a show. Lastly, we make tomato salad with mozzarella, basil, a pinch of salt and a drizzle of olive oil.

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We grow more than a hundred varieties of edible plants in our backyard garden. Please join us in our journey to grow organic, explore recipes and cooking ideas and live a simple and healthy lifestyle.

Los Angeles, CA

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