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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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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.

CORIANDER ‘Confetti’ - Coriandrum sativum
CORIANDER ‘Confetti’

An unusual coriander that has unique, fine, feathery leaves. The foliage looks like carrot tops but retains the distinct coriander flavour we love but with a tad more sweetness. Grow and harvest in the same way as normal coriander. Early to mature and a little slower to bolt than traditional varieties. 150 seeds.

Buckwheat - Fagopyrum esculentum
Buckwheat

A versatile crop grown for seed/grain, as a green manure, bee pasture or for chook feed/grazing. Fast growing plants choke out weeds. For green manure simply cut and dig in 2-3 weeks prior to sowing next crop. For grain: seed does not ripen uniformly; harvest once majority of seed has ripened (turning brown), seed separates and threshes easily, dehull. Leaves can be eaten raw or cooked, seeds used sprouted or as a flour. 10 grams. Covers approx 20-30 m2. Not to WA.

Buckwheat - Fagopyrum esculentum
Buckwheat

A versatile crop grown for seed/grain, as a green manure, bee pasture or for chook feed/grazing. Fast growing plants choke out weeds. For green manure simply cut and dig in 2-3 weeks prior to sowing next crop. For grain: seed does not ripen uniformly; harvest once majority of seed has ripened (turning brown), seed separates and threshes easily, dehull. Leaves can be eaten raw or cooked, seeds used sprouted or as a flour. 10 grams. Covers approx. 20-30 m2. Not to WA.

Columbine ‘Nora Barlow’ - Aquilegia vulgaris 'Nora Barlow'
Columbine ‘Nora Barlow’

A much loved Columbine due to the enchanting double flowers. The flowers petals are deep pink with green-white edges rising to 80 cm. Makes a great cut flower. This perennial also has attractive multi-lobed green leaves. Handles a range of soils in full sun or part shade. 40 seeds.

Sweet Violet - White - Viola odorata ‘Reine de Neiges'
Sweet Violet - White

In winter & early spring, the pretty slender stems carry sweetly-scented white flowers among broadly-ovate foliage. This evergreen groundcover grows well in semi-shade with free draining, fertile soil. 30 seeds/No.3.

Meadow Sage - Salvia pratensis
Meadow Sage

An aromatic perennial wildflower from Europe, western Asia and northern Africa. Beautiful blue-dark purple flower spikes to 60+ cm that attracts beneficial insects to the garden. A hardy woody stemmed plant that can be included in a meadow mixture. A honey-bee food plant and culinary herb where it has been used in flavouring beer and wine. Flowers in its first year. 50 seeds. No. 1.

SCARLET FLOWERING GUM - Eucalyptus ficifolia
SCARLET FLOWERING GUM

This most spectacular Eucalypt tree bears large clusters of scarlet, orange or seldom white flowers in summer and autumn, followed by enormous urn-shaped seed capsules. It grows to 10m tall with large dense, dark green foliage in any well-drained soil in a sunny, protected position. Very attractive as a cut flower or use the seed pods for dried arrangements. 10 seeds/No.1/. Not to WA.

CARROT 'Cosmic Purple' - Daucus carota var sativus
CARROT 'Cosmic Purple'

Wow man. Blow your friends away with this example of how carrots looked before they were bred to be orange. This 15-18 cm totally purple-skinned carrot with a yellow-orange core and long, cylindrical shape has a sweet and spicy taste raw or cooked. About 250 seeds.

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.

Lady's Bedstraw - Galium verum
Lady's Bedstraw

A hardy herbaceous perennial that produces many golden starlike flower panicles in summer. Handles poor soils and seaside gardens. Grows to 30-60 cm. Obtained it name from the dried aromatic stems were used for stuffing pillows and mattresses to keep out bed bugs and fleas! The root makes a red dye and the flowering tops a yellow dye. Was also used to coagulate milk in cheese making. 150 seeds.

Lady's Bedstraw - Galium verum
Lady's Bedstraw

A hardy herbaceous perennial that produces many golden starlike flower panicles in summer. Handles poor soils and seaside gardens. Grows to 30-60 cm. Obtained it name from the dried aromatic stems were used for stuffing pillows and mattresses to keep out bed bugs and fleas! The root makes a red dye and the flowering tops a yellow dye. Was also used to coagulate milk in cheese making. 150 seeds.

Columbine 'Black Barlow' - Aquilegia vulgaris plena
Columbine 'Black Barlow'

A captivating double Columbine with flowers on long stems that are such dark/deep purple they look black. This perennial allures you into the garden and bewitches the resident gnomes. Makes a great cut flower and also has attractive multi-lobed green leaves. Handles a range of soils in full sun or part shade. 40 seeds.