# Backyard garden
Harvest from a small backyard garden
Some donut peaches, nectarines, grapes, apples, tomatoes and a tiny strawberry freshly-picked from our small urban backyard edible garden. We are growing may varieties of fruit-bearing trees, vines, berries, herbs, vegetables and some edible flowers too.
Some freshly-picked blueberries from our backyard edible garden for my oatmeal breakfast. We are growing three varieties of blueberries - Sharpblue, O'Neil and Southmoon. Sharplue is an every-bearing variety which means it bears fruits year round. The fruits on the other two varieties will be ready in early summer.
Must Have Companion Plants For The Garden | Deter Pests With These
Must-Have Companion Plants For The Garden | Deter Pest With These Many of these different herbs will deter pests. Some you can eat and add to your cooking. Some attractive new plant finds. Happy Gardening! Enjoy!
Backyard edible garden tour - March
If you are interested in growing food, then come join me for a garden tour. You might pick up some ideas that might be helpful in planning your edible garden like which fruit trees and vegetables to grow, the varieties that thrive well in our growing zone, types of raised beds and barrels.. and many more.
Weekend brunch in the backyard garden
A laid back weekend brunch in the backyard garden while enjoying the beautiful Spring blooms. I prepared a typical Filipino breakfast with garlic rice, sunny side up eggs and beef sirloin marinated in soy sauce, calamansi juice, lemon juice, a bit of sugar and cracked peppercorns. I also sliced some freshly-picked oranges and plantain.
Backyard harvest for breakfast
One of the great things about growing a garden is the endless bounty of fruits and vegetables -- like the donut peaches that are dropping off the tree. I picked some of them along with a handful of blueberries, raspberries and a lone strawberry for our breakfast while I listened to the birds sing their morning song. Nothing is fresher than the food grown from your own garden and it doesn't get more local than your own backyard.
Picking wood sorrel or false shamrock
The three-leaf clover or shamrock is synonymous to Ireland and also to St. Patrick's Day. We don't have shamrock in the backyard garden, but we have wood sorrel or false shamrock which I picked and used to decorate our table at last year's St. Patrick's Day dinner.
Breakfast in the backyard garden
Weekends are for slowing down and lazing away and there's no better way to kick off the weekend than a breakfast in the backyard garden while listening to the birds sing and watching the bees pollinate the plum blossoms. For today's breakfast, I prepared waffles topped with strawberries and blueberries for Josh and toast with egg, bacon and avocado for me and the husband.
Backyard urban garden is springing into life
The bees are busy buzzing, the birds are singing and plants are springing into life! It's almost springtime! The peach, pear, apple and plum trees have bloomed. The leaves of the grapevine are poking through, the scent of the lavender perfumes the garden and I'm here waiting for the passing butterflies!
Homemade Danish pancakes "Aebleskiver"
Aebleskiver is another version of the pancake which originated from Denmark - round, fluffy and yummy! We made more than a dozen which we drizzled with raspberry jam, sprinkled with confectioner's sugar and then carried into the backyard. The aebleskiver pan we got from Solvang, a very charming Danish town in the Santa Ynez Valley.
Beautiful and healthy breakfast
Sundays are usually quiet, relaxing and more of a lazing away day. This morning's breakfast was beautiful and healthy. Some freshly-picked lettuce from the garden cut into bite-size pieces, two Valencia oranges, broiled shrimp, scrambled eggs and sliced avocado. Arranged on a plate and then carried on to the backyard patio. Life is beautiful... be happy ❤️
Growing citrus trees - lemon, kumquat and calamansi
Some are sour, some are tart, some bitter, sweet and aromatic. Thanks to the abundance of citrus trees in our backyard edible garden, there's no need for us to buy them from the grocery stores anymore. With the current food shortage and inflation, it's a good idea to grow your own food especially fruit bearing trees if you have a space for them. You can even grow them in pots as long as they get enough sunlight. Trees are great investment. You only buy them once, and then they will give you tons of fruits for a very long time. On this video, I harvested lemons and calamansi.
Burger, Gravy, Egg, Rice and Tatsoi
This is a delicious dish from Hawaii that is very easy to make. Here's my version with tatsoi and medium-boiled egg. The arsenal: homemade burger patty with 85% lean beef and 15% fat, a sprinkle of salt and a good cracking of black peppercorns, sauteed tatsoi from the backyard garden, steamed rice and medium boiled egg.
Squash and shrimp with cheese and garlic
Squash freshly picked from the garden taste delicious! When squash is in season, they appear fleetingly in the backyard garden. I tried cooking them many ways - as a crust for pizza, sauteed in oyster sauce, cooked with coconut milk, a vegetarian paella, with turmeric and curry. We've also given some to friends. On this video, I baked the squash with shrimp, garlic, parsley and cheese.
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.
Harvesting backyard donut peaches to make muffins
One great thing about edible gardening is the endless bounty of fruits and vegetables, like the donut peaches that are falling off the tree. I picked some of them along with a handful of blueberries and raspberries and turned them into muffins which I carried out into the front yard for a leisurely breakfast under the shade of a pine tree while a few birds serenade us from a distance.