Holy Habaneros.

Welcome to Love & Magnolia Gardens.

I was inspired to do this blog because my other ventures were either inanely disorienting, narrowly-focused or My Wife’s. Mostly, though, I keep thinking about my limited knowledge of something that has become very dear to my heart within the last couple years: garden-to-table cuisine.

While trips to various Farmer’s Markets, Whole Foods, Farm Boy and Vallarta have furthered my passion (and palate) for fresh produce, there’s really nothing that can capture the true joy of planting a seed, nurturing the growth and harvesting a wonderful specimen for use in that evening’s meal, sauce or snack. As such, I’ve utilized my limited space (more on that later) to experiment with:

  • radishes
  • cilantro
  • snap peas
  • cucumber
  • beets
  • broccoli
  • arugula
  • micro-greens
  • swiss chard
  • asparagus
  • brussels sprouts
  • artichoke
  • watermelon
  • sunflowers
  • basil
  • rosemary
  • corn
  • spinach
  • tomato
  • bell peppers
  • jalapenos
  • serrano peppers
  • cayenne peppers
  • green (pole) beans
  • fresno chilies
  • anaheim chilies
  • . . .and my favorite:  Habaneros.

I’m fortunate that we are located in sunny and temperate Sherman Oaks (Los Angeles, CA), so pretty much any seedlings I throw in the ground have produced. Also, the good folks at the Armstrong Garden Center – conveniently located 200 yards from my home – have come to know me by sight, and are very handy & knowledgeable when it comes to care, advice and growing tips.

In short, I hope this blog becomes a showcase for my production, but also inspires people to realize that even very limited space can result in both therapeutic & delicious outcomes for the at-home, time-constrained gardener. I’ve been surprised how rewarding this process really can be, and I’ve managed to create some darn good dishes inspired solely by what I was able to grow.

I am by no means an expert, and in fact am quite a novice, so any comments, advice and tips are appreciated. Hopefully as I grow our garden, I can impart some wisdom to fellow neophytes.

They call me Love, I live on Magnolia, and these are my Gardens. Enjoy.

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