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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 winter-bare 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 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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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Cucurbita pepo

An Italian heirloom prized for its excellent flavour and firm but tender flesh. The fruits are dark green with light green stripes, straight with slight ribbing. Also known as 'Cocozella di Napoli'. The bushes tend to be a bit smaller than some of its wilder cousins. Use in zucchini slice, pickled, steamed, stuffed or brightening stir fries. 12 seeds.

Hierloom
Sunlight
Full
Frost Resilience
Tender
Lifespan
Annual
Sowing Instructions
Sow direct to garden or into pots to transplant. For early sowing in cooler areas start indoors and transplant once weather and soil have warmed. For a long harvest and healthy plants sow again after 2 months after first sowing. Water regularly.
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Dec 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Aug 1st to Jan 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Jan 1st to Dec 31st
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Basella rubra

An attractive perennial vine that has edible green leaves and shoots that can be used in salads or stir fries. The red stems give the plant an ornamental value as well. Provide a trellis for easy picking and to protect other plants from being smothered! A heat loving plant that is grown as an annual in cooler areas as it is frost tender. While not a true spinach the leaves taste and look similar. 25 seeds.

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Aug 1st to May 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Feb 1st to Aug 31st
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Basella rubra

An attractive perennial vine that has edible green leaves and shoots that can be used in salads or stir fries. The red stems give the plant an ornamental value as well. Provide a trellis for easy picking and to protect other plants from being smothered! A heat loving plant that is grown as an annual in cooler areas as it is frost tender. While not a true spinach the leaves taste and look similar. 30 seeds.

1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Lycopersicon esculentum

A red beefsteak, heirloom variety that produces medium sized tomatoes with excellent flavour and yield. Tomatoes grow to 12 cm and are slightly lobed and flattened on top. Relatively early to ripen for beefsteak varieties. An indeterminate plant that requires some staking. 30 seeds.

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Nov 30th
Temperate Climate Periods
Aug 1st to Dec 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Jan 1st to Dec 31st
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Capsicum annum

An early medium hot jalapeno that is suited to cooler areas with short summers. These chillies are great used fresh, ripening from green (milder) to red (medium hot but with a hint of sweetness) or pickled for use through winter. 5-6 cm long by 2.5 cm wide. Not to WA. 14 seeds.

Organic
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Nov 30th
Temperate Climate Periods
Aug 1st to Dec 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Jan 1st to Dec 31st
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Brassica rapa

A Chinese specialty also known as purple choy sum. A quick and easy-to-grow Asian green producing lots of long, pencil-thin, red-purple flower stems. Use the leaf, flower buds and stems. A pleasing, mild mustard taste to use raw in salads or lightly cooked in stir-fries. Cold hardy, the purple colour intensifies as the temperature drops. Likes any fertile soil with added organic matter. Pick stems before flowering for continuous use. About 200 seeds.

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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Coriandrum sativum 'Slow Bolt'

An annual herb also known as Chinese Parsley, it is essential for any Thai dish and frequently used in curries. Coriander grows well in light soils with plenty of moisture. Best sowing times are during the cooler months of spring and autumn, running to seed in hot summers. Cut young leaves regularly to promote regrowth. For constant supply, sow in 3 to 4 week intervals. 500 seeds/pkt.

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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Hypericum androsaemum

Native to the Mediterranean this deciduous, one meter tall shrub has very delicate, small yellow flowers with beautiful round, red fruit turning black over summer. The ovate 10cm long lush green leaves sit right underneath each flower, collecting rain drops. A very hardy plant for any soil in full sun or half shade. Decorative cut flower. 200 seeds /No.1/. Not to WA.

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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Monarda punctata

Spotted bee-balm is a hardy perennial growing to 90 cm, flowering in its first year. The whorls of yellow flowers have purple spots with showy pink/lavender bracts. The plant has a strong oregano scent and is popular with gardeners and herbalists, where it can be made into a tea. Native to the plains of north America it can handle sandy, coastal soils and frost. It attracts bees and other beneficial insects. Flowers can be used for cutting. Also known as horsemint. 50 seeds.

Frost Resilience
Frost Hardy
Lifespan
Perennial
Climate
Cold
Temperate
Hot Arid
Tropics/SubTropics
GermType
Fast germinating seeds
Sow Method
Direct or Transplant
Sowing Instructions
Sow direct to garden after frosts have passed or into pots to transplant once frosts have passed. Keep moist and warm (18+˚C). Slugs love seedlings so provide some protection.
Height
0.9 m
Spacing/Spread
0.6 m
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Jan 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Feb 28th
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Mar 1st to Jun 30th
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A$3.50
Botanical Name
Phaseolus vulgaris

A prolific and tasty bush bean that produces lots of tender, tasty, stringless, yellow, 13-15cm pods with black beans. Fairly hardy. An heirloom that remains popular for its ability to produce early crops and its productivity. Best grown in double rows (45cm between rows and 10cm between plants) in spring and summer in intervals of 3 weeks to ensure continued supplies. Pick young pods regularly to promote regrowth. 80 seeds.



 

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Oct 1st to Dec 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Feb 28th
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Jan 1st to Dec 31st