I grow and sell “starter” plants, in season, ready for you to transplant. They benefit you by saving time, eliminating the uncertainty of germination and giving you a significant head start toward a healthy and bountiful garden. My mission is to provide you with superior quality plants that will grow and flourish in your garden. Please check out the recent article in the SLO Tribune (see below) for more info.
On this site you will find complete lists of the plants I grow, and growing tips, too! As the seasons change, I will grow varieties that thrive in that season. Click the drop-down menus to see complete lists of each season's plants, with photos and descriptions.
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NOW IS THE TIME TO PREPARE YOUR FALL AND WINTER GARDEN so you can enjoy cool season veggies through autumn and into the cold months ahead! You need to plant cool season veggies early enough for them to mature before winter sets in. Plants grow quickly in the warm months, but will slow down when the days are short and nights get cold, so plant soon!
Vegetables to plant now include: kale, collards, broccoli, lettuce, Swiss chard, bok choi (pak choi), endive, escarole, leeks and spinach. Herbs and greens to plant now are: arugula, mizuna, cilantro, parsley, upland cress, watercress, oregano, sage, sorrel, thyme and true French tarragon.
Carrots, beets, radishes, turnips and mustard will need to be seeded directly into your garden, while garlic and onions should be planted in October. Seed wildflowers and sweet peas in fall, too!
No room? Or is your garden still overflowing with tomatoes and squash? Simply find a hole here and there or pull out old plants to make space and amend the soil before you tuck in a new plant. Five to fifteen gallon containers also work well and are gopher-proof!
I like planting lettuce and spinach in storage containers: 12" x 17" x 6" deep, with several drain holes drilled in the bottom. When filled with a good potting mix, they are light enough to move around and put where the current weather conditions are best for the plants; a cool spot in the shade on very hot days, and morning sun/afternoon shade in normal weather. The plants grow fast in the containers and the harvest is rewarding! Cut only the large, outer leaves as the plants grow and leave the centers so the plants keep producing. You will be able to get several months' production from each bin if you use a good potting mix, fertilizer and proper watering. Dr. Earth, and similar quality products, are available at stores like Home Depot, OSH, Bay Laurel Garden Center and Miner's. HAPPY FALL PLANTING!
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Each week during the growing season you will find me at various Farmers' Markets on the Central Coast. Click the "Farmers' Markets" tab for days, locations and maps; updated every Sunday. I'm also available for custom growing, Email for more information.
I am a strong advocate of using organic methods, believing they are the best for our health and the health of the planet. I do NOT use any GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) seed. I carefully select only certified organic seed from small, independent seed companies. Certified organic seed cannot contain genetically-engineered traits and must be grown and processed in an NOP (National Organic Program) compliant farm operation. Unfortunately, a few of the hybrid varieties are not available in organically-grown seed. I purchase that seed from the same, small, independent seed companies who have signed the "Safe Seed Pledge," which states that the company does not knowingly buy or sell genetically-engineered seeds or plants.
Container growing has become very popular as a way to outwit the gophers, have a movable garden right by your back door for convenience, and a way to have a garden if you have only limited space (apartment living, for example). It is possible to grow even the largest indeterminate heirloom tomato plant in a 15-gallon nursery can. The secret is properly amended soil and monthly feeding of your plants. You can grow everything from arugula to zucchini successfully in containers!
Remember that good nutrition starts with the soil. Prepare your garden beds or containers well ahead of planting time so the soil microorganisms have time to break down the amendments that you've applied to make them available to the plants when they are planted. Then feed your plants monthly to keep them producing all season. Healthy soil = healthy plants = healthy you!
A while back the SLO Tribune printed an article on what I do here at Grown from the Heart. Take a look and see how I can make it easy for you to provide delicious and nutritious meals created from your own amazing, homegrown veggies and herbs.
A big thanks to all my loyal customers for supporting my small local business! Your requests and input are always welcome. I look forward to seeing you at the Markets and supplying you with superior starts...
We have been purchasing “starter” plants from Serena for the Artisan garden since its inception in 2011, and will be planting upwards of 1,000 plants this year. All of them were started from seed by Serena. Everything we grow and harvest from those plants goes straight to our restaurant, so it is common for our guests to enjoy something on their plate that we picked just hours before. The variety that Serena produces is fabulous, especially her tomatoes and peppers. She also supplies us with many varieties of lettuce, chard, kale, cucumbers, zucchini, summer and winter squash, bunching onions, basil and more. The amount of time and care she puts into each and every plant is like nothing we’ve ever seen. We send everyone we know to her! Artisan is proud and honored to have Grown from the Heart be such an integral part of our focus on providing local, organic and sustainable food. We’ve also gained a wonderful and forever friend!
Shandi Kobayashi / Artisan
I have purchased starter plants from Serena exclusively for 2 years now. Without exception, her plants are healthy and establish themselves quickly. The growing medium is organic, consistent and allows for roots to grow easily. Serena is eager to share her vast knowledge, including soil, seeds and fertilizing. Her company name, Grown From the Heart, says it all. Once you meet her, you will know you have found your source for new little healthy herbs and veggies!
I have been purchasing my plants from Serena Wyatt for several years and have always been very, very satisfied. She grows healthy plants from organic seed. I buy them and they all thrive in my garden in Santa Margarita, California. I appreciate the care and respect she has for her seeds and plants- they are truly grown with loving care.