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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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Kale, Sea - Crambe maritima
Kale, Sea

A hardy perennial vegetable, from the north Atlantic coastlines, that can handle a wide range of condition including drought and salt. The plant dies back in winter, the tender spring shoots are considered a delicacy with a nutty flavour, usually blanched (cover with a bucket) to be eaten raw or cooked. Older leaves are bitter so best left to grow, where the plant develops into a unique ornamental. Roots and flower shoots can also be eaten. 10 seeds.

Geum ‘Lady Stratheden’  - Geum chiloense
Geum ‘Lady Stratheden’

A semi-double, bright golden flowered perennial that is sure to brighten any gardeners’ day. Lady Stratheden starts flowering in late spring and continues well into summer. Dead head to encourage a second burst of flowers. Great for bringing bees to the garden. For the herbaceous border with free draining, handles full sun to part shade. A popular cottage garden plant that was introduced in the 1920s from Chile. An award winning variety from RHS. 40 seeds.

Chilli ‘Pequin’  - Capsicum annuum
Chilli ‘Pequin’

Originating from Mexico, this little chilli will make any gringo sweat. Pequin chillies are 2-3 cm and ripen from green to red. A very hot chilli that can be used fresh or dried. It is described as having citrusy, nutty flavour with a hint of smokeyness. Used in pickling, salsa, sauces, soups and vinegars. Fruits prolifically on bushes that can grow to 100 cm in tropical areas. 15 seeds.

Broccoli ‘Umpqua’ - Brassica oleracea var. italica
Broccoli ‘Umpqua’

One of the best open pollinated broccoli varieties around. It can be harvested over an extended period as it produces a uniform central head, followed by numerous side shoots. A versatile variety that can be grown through summer & winter. Excellent flavour. 200 seeds.

Melon ‘Hales Best’ - Cucumis melo
Melon ‘Hales Best’

A classic cantaloupe variety, with disease resistance, that can be grown in your backyard. A good cropping vine which produces fruit weighing about 1 kg. Loves a sunny position. In cooler districts start early indoors, transplant once frosts have passed. 50 seeds.

Cucumber ‘Poinsett 76’ - Cucumis sativas
Cucumber ‘Poinsett 76’

A smooth skinned slicing cucumber that was first released in 1976 in USA. A high yielding variety that can grow in a range of conditions with good disease resistance. The fruit grow to 15 – 20 cm long and are thin skinned with a crisp, white flesh. Vines can be trained up a string or trellis or left to grow along the ground. 40 seeds.

Celtuce / Wosun - Lactuca sativa var asparagina
Celtuce / Wosun

Celtuce originates from southern China and is a loose leaf relative of lettuce. The plant has a unique combination of lettuce-like leaves branching from a celery-like stalk. Originally known as Asparagus or Chinese Lettuce when introduced to Europe in the 1890s. In China the thick crisp, tender stalk is used in stir fries and salads, having a mild celery taste. The leaves are used like spinach in salads or cooked. Prefers to be grown in cooler months. 400 seeds.

Celtuce / Wosun - Lactuca sativa var asparagina
Celtuce / Wosun

Celtuce originates from southern China and is a loose leaf relative of lettuce. The plant has a unique combination of lettuce-like leaves branching from a celery-like stalk. Originally known as Asparagus or Chinese Lettuce when introduced to Europe in the 1890s. In China the thick crisp, tender stalk is used in stir fries and salads, having a mild celery taste. The leaves are used like spinach in salads or cooked. Prefers to be grown in cooler months. 400 seeds.

Cucumber ‘Crystal Apple’ - Cucumis sativas
Cucumber ‘Crystal Apple’

An Australian heirloom that produces crisp, light green cucumbers in the shape and size of a small apple. The fruit is sweet, mild and tender. A heavy yielding variety with a vigorous vine that can be tied to a trellis or left to sprawl on the ground. Eat fresh or suitable to pickle. 20 seeds.

Cucumber ‘Calypso’ - Cucumis sativas
Cucumber ‘Calypso’

A pickling cucumber that also has great flavour when eaten fresh. A productive variety due to it mostly producing female flowers, so it is very important to plant another variety of cucumber to ensure good pollination! The cukes are green and grow to 10 cm long and 2-3cm wide and a vigorous vine. Originating from India. 30 seeds.

Cabbage ‘Golden Acre’ - Brassica oleracea (capitata group)
Cabbage ‘Golden Acre’

A dependable heirloom that has been grown since the 1920’s, it produces a tender, compact round head (12-18cm) with good flavour. Plant close (30 cm) for small cabbages (1 kg) or wider for bigger heads (up to 2 kg). Early maturing, sow late winter / early spring or late summer/early autumn. 50 seeds.

Cucumber 'Mid East Peace' - Cucumis sativas
Cucumber 'Mid East Peace'

An heirloom Lebanese styled cucumber. This productive variety is a must for home gardeners as it has a superb sweet flavour. Fruits have a smooth, thin green skin and a sweet flavour, without bitterness. It can be harvested small for pickling or left to mature (15-20 cm) for salads and slicing. Early and productive in cooler climates. 15 seeds.

PINCUSHION ‘Black Knight’ - Scabiosa atropurpurea 'black'
PINCUSHION ‘Black Knight’

Deep dark maroon, almost black flowers on long elegant stems make this a striking annual. The compact, uniform flowers on tall stems make great long lasting cut flowers or an eye catcher in the garden. Needs full sun and well-drained, limy soil in a protected position. Sow in spring for a summer flowering and mid to late summer for a winter flowering. 25 seeds.

Nasturtium ‘Jewel Peach Melba’ - Tropaeolum nanum
Nasturtium ‘Jewel Peach Melba’

Jewel Peach Melba is gorgeous variety with semi-double, creamy yellow flowers (to 5 cm) with red centres. It is a dwarf, bushy annual that flowers from summer-autumn. Flowers, leaves and young seed pods are a spicy addition to fresh salads. A frost tender annual that readily self seeds. 20 seeds.

Nasturtium ‘Jewel Peach Melba’ - Tropaeolum nanum
Nasturtium ‘Jewel Peach Melba’

Jewel Peach Melba is gorgeous variety with semi-double, creamy yellow flowers (to 5 cm) with red centres. It is a dwarf, bushy annual that flowers from summer-autumn. Flowers, leaves and young seed pods are a spicy addition to fresh salads. A frost tender annual that readily self seeds.

Lemon Grass - East Indian - Cymbopogon flexuosus
Lemon Grass - East Indian

Reaching a height of 1.5 m the East Indian Lemon Grass grows taller and is slightly hardier than the West Indian species (C.citratus). Add the amazing flavours of Asia to your cooking (stem base). The leaf is used as herbal tea to treat digestion problems, fever and inflammation. As frost tender, in cooler areas do not cut back until frost has passed to protect the centre of the plant or grow in a pot & move indoors mid-autumn to early spring. A sturdy evergreen perennial grass. Prefers full sun & well drained soil. 100 seeds.