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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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Toad Lily - Tricyrtis hirta
Toad Lily

Native to Japan’s mountains and woodlands, this unusual orchid like flower is ideal for cool-climates. Its soft lilac/white, star-like blossoms with rich purple spots bloom in late summer to mid-autumn. Grow this clump forming perennial in moist, well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter, in part to full shade. An interesting cut flower. Cut back growth in winter. 40 seeds.

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.

PINK CONE FLOWER - Echinacea pallida
PINK CONE FLOWER

A medicinal herb used by the American Indians and is now a compound in many modern ointment for healing wounds and boosting the immune system. A beautiful plant in its own right with unusual narrow pale-pink petals.  A good cut flower. It grows well in organically rich, friable soil in full sun and dislikes to be moved. 25 seeds/No.1/

Fiddleneck / Lacy Phacelia - Phacelia tanacetifolia
Fiddleneck / Lacy Phacelia

A hardy annual that bees, hoverflies and parasitic wasps love, making it is a great companion plant in the garden. A prolific bloomer with dense, curved, bell shaped blue-lilac flowers. It grows to 80 cm and makes a useful border plant that will supply you with cut flowers. Also used as a green manure to suppress weeds and to add organic matter to the soil. Sow in spring for summer flowering or in autumn to protect the soil through winter and early spring blooms. 100 seeds. No.1.

Fiddleneck / Lacy Phacelia - Phacelia tanacetifolia
Fiddleneck / Lacy Phacelia

A hardy annual that bees, hoverflies and parasitic wasps love, making it is a great companion plant in the garden. A prolific bloomer with dense, curved, bell shaped blue-lilac flowers. It grows to 80 cm and makes a useful border plant that will supply you with cut flowers. Also used as a green manure to suppress weeds and to add organic matter to the soil. Sow in spring for summer flowering or in autumn to protect the soil through winter and early spring blooms. 100 seeds. No.1.

Arnica - Arnica chamissonis
Arnica

A hardy perennial herb with a long history of use in herbal medicine, where it is used externally to treat bruises, strains and sprains. It acts as an anti-inflammatory and increases local blood flow to accelerate healing. An erect, clumping herb that grows to 50cm with an abundance of 5cm yellow ray flowers from December to March. Grows in a range of soils, including rock gardens. 50 seeds.

 

Lettuce ‘Maricella’ - Lactuca sativa
Lettuce ‘Maricella’

A ‘Lollo Rossa’ style lettuce that has shades of intensely red leaves. The leaves are dense and very wavy/curly creating plenty of pools for those salads with super tasty dressings. A dual-purpose lettuce; the leaves are ideal for use as baby leaf or wait until the plants mature to harvest a full, stunning head of deep red leaves. Slow to bolt. 500 seeds.

Radish  ‘German Giant’ - Raphanus sativus
Radish ‘German Giant’

A round, red radish on the ‘go-go’ juice! This Amish heirloom dates to the 18th century and can grow as big as a tennis ball without the white flesh losing its flavour or going pithy. A versatile radish that can be harvest small or large. For best flavour and even growth water regularly. For a milder flavour grower in cooler months of spring/autumn. 150 seeds.

Lettuce ‘Cocarde’ - Lactuca sativa
Lettuce ‘Cocarde’

A beautiful French Heirloom oak-leaf lettuce. The lobed leaves form an open head that are green in the centre and ends and edges with a bronze-reddish tinge. A soft leaved lettuce with a delicate, sweet flavour. This ‘Cutting’ lettuce can be cut whole about 3cm above the stem or the leaves can be picked individually. In both cases they will regrow. 500 seeds.

Beetroot ‘Crosbys Egyptian Flat’ - Beta vulgaris
Beetroot ‘Crosbys Egyptian Flat’

A red heirloom variety that originated in Germany in the late 1800’s. It was improved in the USA by Josiah Crosby, who selected to retain the earliness and to remove the rough nature of the original ‘Flat Egyptian’ variety. Harvest young for a baby beet or mature for a large, full sized root. The red veined leaves are also great for eating or stir fries. 220 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. 250 seeds.

Salsify ‘Sandwich Island’ - Tragopogon porrifolius
Salsify ‘Sandwich Island’

An unusual vegetable used extensively in Europe. A root vegetable with a sweet, nutty flavour that is sometimes known as the ‘Oyster Vegetable’ as it is said to have a subtle oyster-like flavour. Easy to grow. It can be overwintered like parsnip and carrots, harvested when required. Salsify can be boiled, baked or fried or used in a gratin dish. 80 seeds.

KALE ‘Siberian’ - Brassica napus pabularia
KALE ‘Siberian’

A true Siberian kale! The Brassica napus varieties are more tender and milder in flavour than the traditional European kale, B.oleracea, which makes the younger raw leaves better for use in salads. Older leaves are used steamed, stir fried, in pies and green smoothies. In spring the flower head sprouts are used like broccoli raab, raw or steamed. A tall, heavy yielding plant with tender curly, blue-green leaves. Frost and snow improve the flavour. 500 seeds.

ZINNIA ‘Envy’ - Zinnia elegans 'Envy'
ZINNIA ‘Envy’

These creamy, lime-green, dahlia-like flower heads make Zinnia an eye-catching addition to gardens and floral arrangements. Fast growing, though frost tender, this 70cm-tall, Mexican annual needs a protected, sunny position with friable soil and extra watering over the hot summer months. 80 seeds.

TOMATO 'ROMA' - Lycopersicon esculentum
TOMATO 'ROMA'

This oval shaped, Italian bush type is excellent for paste and sauces. A prolific grower with no disease problems. A very popular and reliable variety. 80 seeds

TOMATO 'Red Russian'

A popular crimson red medium tomato with great taste that tolerates low night temperatures, so it is ideal for cooler area. A Russian heirloom that is an early producer. A tough and vigorous producer that needs staking. 80 seeds.