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Welcome to Southern Harvest. 

We are a family-run business that is all about growing - growing healthy, interesting food to share with family and friends, as well as native and cottage plants that bring colour, fragrance and habitat to the garden. Southern Harvest supplies you with quality cottage garden, native and vegetable and herb packet seed, with speedy service and advice.

Nestled on 5 acres at the foothills of Mt Wellington in southern Tasmania, our winters are cold with regular frosts, so we value (and specialise in) plants for cool climates. We know the pleasure and reward of growing a bit of colour for the winterbare garden, as well as having something to take straight from the garden to the kitchen on those dark winter nights. Our daughters, Poppy and Bea, who inspired our logo, are a constant reminder of the joy and good health that gardens can bring to the young, the old and everyone between. We also grow organic garlic that we sell through Salamanca Market or over the internet. We stock a wide range of seeds both old and new varieties, we especially love heirloom (or heritage) seeds and the history associated with them.

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We look forward to meeting some of you at the Salamanca Market stall (Site 98- opposite the steps of the Supreme Court). Happy gardening!

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We have many wonderful photos on our website. Some of the photos are taken by Heinz Ahlemeyer if you are interested in purchasing the rights to the photo please contact us (seeds@southernharvest.com.au) or Heinz (heinzsightphotos@gmail.com).

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Basil ‘Red Rubin’ - Ocimum basilicum
Basil ‘Red Rubin’

A tall basil variety (growing to 60-70 cm) with stunning dark leaves and excellent traditional flavour. The large leaves are a dark purple and shiny, making them a great contrast in pasta, salads and flavouring and colouring pickles etc. Flowers are a pretty pink lavender. Used as a culinary and ornamental plant. 300 seeds.

Tarragon, Mexican  - Tagetes lucida
Tarragon, Mexican

A perennial from Central & South America where it’s used as a medicinal & culinary herb. Flowers summer to early autumn with bright yellow/golden blooms (the petals are edible). The leaves have an anise like flavour & are used fresh or dried as a tarragon substitute in soups, sauces, eggs etc. Steep the leaves to make a tea that is popular in the region. An aromatic, ornamental plant that is fairly drought resistant when established. Also known as Yauhtli. 50 seeds.

French Marigold - Tagetes patula
French Marigold

A happy and hardy annual that is easy and fast to grow, bringing colour and beneficial insects to the garden. The petals of the bright yellow and oranges flowers are edible, having a citrus taste. Plant amongst vegies as the leaf helps to repel whitefly while the flowers attract bees, butterflies. Secretions from the root also have an insecticidal effect on nematodes in the soil and is effective as a green manure for this purpose. 70 seeds.

Green Wizard - Rudbeckia occidentalis
Green Wizard

This unusual coneflower is easy to grow and makes a long-lived cutflower and striking dried flower or seedhead. Its stunning green sepals and large, black cones are striking and appear in summer and early autumn. The flowers provide lots of food for bees. Foliage is grey-green. This mountain meadow plant prefers full sun to light shade in moist soil. 25 seeds.

COLUMBINE ‘Red Wine Columbine’ - Aquilegia oxysepala
COLUMBINE ‘Red Wine Columbine’

An unusual variety of columbine from China and Korea, perennial. The flowers are wine-red with a yellow corolla, standing tall and proud to 60 cm off the ground. Flowering late spring and summer. Both the flowers and seed heads can be cut for bouquets. A challenging plant to germinate but well worth the effort. 20 seeds. No. 3. Not to W.A.
 

Tibetan Blue Poppy - Meconopsis betonicifolia
Tibetan Blue Poppy

This stunning Himalayan perennial produces large, sky-blue, papery flowers with prominent yellow stamens. The oblong, matt-green, basal foliage is deciduous and requires partial shade. Needs constantly moist, fertile soil, free of lime and protection from hot weather. Recommended for cool/cold areas only. 35 seeds.

Woodland Strawberry - Fragaria vesca var. vesca
Woodland Strawberry

A striking wild, perennial strawberry with white flowers and red strawberries on long arching stems. An excellent groundcover and grows well in cooler regions, where it bares sweet perfumed fruit most of the year. Fruit is great for drying and the leaves and fruit can be used for herbal tea. It grows to 20 cm high, self- seeds easily in shady, moist areas. Perfect container plant. Prefers acid soil. 100 seeds.
 

QUEEN ANNE'S LACE - Ammi majus
QUEEN ANNE'S LACE

A beautiful annual cut flower with 1m tall umbels covered in numerous small white flowers and basal, ferny leaves. It needs a sheltered, but sunny position with average, but quite moist soil. Cut flowers regularly to promote regrowth. Often self seeds. 400 seeds/No.2/

LEMON GRASS

Add the amazing flavours of Asia to your cooking (stem base). Leaf is used as herbal tea to treat digestion problems, fever an anti-inflammatory. As frost tender, in cooler areas grow in a pot & move indoors mid-autumn to early spring. A sturdy evergreen perennial grass. Prefers full sun & well drained soil. 150 seeds.

SNOW GUM - Eucalyptus coccifera
SNOW GUM

A small tree native to Tasmania ( seen on Mt. Wellington) which withstands very cold and windy conditions. Beautiful stripey bark markings make this Eucalypt species a special feature in the cool climate garden. Not to WA. 25 seeds/No.1 or No.2/

Sweet Corn ‘Polaris’ F1  - Zea mays
Sweet Corn ‘Polaris’ F1

A bi-coloured variety of super sweet corn. Produces super sweet cobs with yellow and white kernals. Cobs are 20-22 cm long and the plant can grow upto 2m in height. Eat freshly picked (steamed, boiled or BBQ’d) or freeze to eat over an extended period. Treated Seed. 40 seeds.

Sunflower ‘Oil Drop’ - Helianthus annuus Oil Drop
Sunflower ‘Oil Drop’

A classic single stem yellow sunflower. The difference with this variety is that it produces medium sized seed with a higher than normal oil content. High oil sunflowers are pressed and used for vegetable oil. They are mostly a mix of oleic acid (omega-9)-linoleic acid (omega-6) oils. Save the seed to eat or press yourself or feed your chooks a healthy snack. 40 seeds.

Swede ‘Purple Top Rutabaga’ - Brassica napus
Swede ‘Purple Top Rutabaga’

An American bred swede that has a creamy root with a bright purple top. Easy to grow provided plants are thinned to a spacing of at least 20 cm. A rich flavour that is ideal in soups, stews and roasted. Best sown in late summer or early autumn as frost sweetens up the roots and enhances the flavour. Roots mature in about 90 days, they can be harvested earlier. 300 seeds.

Turnip ‘Tokyo White Cross’ F1  - Brassica rapa
Turnip ‘Tokyo White Cross’ F1

A fast growing, superb eating Japanese Turnip. The beauty of this turnip is that it has sweet, smooth flesh and can be harvested at all stages of growth, from small to large size roots (5-15 cm) without getting pithy. The globe shaped roots have a white flesh and skin and maintain a sweet, mild, crisp flesh. Can be sown from spring to autumn, mature early and are slow to bolt. 150 seeds.

Lettuce ‘Drunken Woman’  - Lactuca sativa
Lettuce ‘Drunken Woman’

An Italian Heirloom. This butterhead variety that has attractive bright green leaves with wild frizzy, ruffled bronze edging. Not sure how the name came about as many of my good female friends have wild frizzy hair even when not drunk! A unique lettuce that is slower to bolt in summer than most other varieties. 500 seeds.

Fenugreek - Trigonella foenum-graecum
Fenugreek

A fast growing annual herb/spice. Both the leaves and seed can be used in the kitchen. In India the leaves are used like spinach in curries, while the seeds are used are lightly roasted and used as one of the spices in curries. As fenugreek is a legume with nitrogen nodules on its roots it can be used as a dual purpose crop; in the kitchen and as summer green manure crop. Collect seed from the pods for sprouting. 100 seeds.