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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ASPARAGUS ‘Jersey Knight F1 - Asparagus officinalis
ASPARAGUS ‘Jersey Knight F1

A high yielding asparagus plant that produces superior spears to 2.5 cm thick. Seeds are all male, which means that you do not have to waste time and space culling unproductive plants. This variety has high disease tolerance and lasts up to 20 years, providing years of succulent spears. 12 seeds.

RHUBARB ‘Tassie Red Legs’  - Rheum rhabarbarum
RHUBARB ‘Tassie Red Legs’

‘Tassie Tough’ is this red stemmed variety. We have been growing this variety for years and it has deep red stems that cook up perfectly, with that characteristic bitter taste. A regular on our morning porridge or found mingling in the evenings with apple and pastry. Rhubarb is high in vitamin C. Only eat stalks as leaves have high levels of oxalic acid. Don’t cook in aluminium pots as the acid reacts with this metal. 20 seeds.

Eggplant ‘Diamond’  - Solanum melongena
Eggplant ‘Diamond’

Finally, an open pollinated variety that crops well in the cooler climates! The black elongated globes taste great. While not as large as most hybrids they, they grow well in Australia’s cooler, less than optimal, lower latitudes, providing a real OP variety for southern growers. Give it a warm sheltered spot in the garden for good rewards. 25 seeds.

Onion ‘White Knight’ F1 - Allium cepa
Onion ‘White Knight’ F1

Medium - large round white bulbs that are ery versatile and can be eaten raw or cooked. A late intermediate variety that can be stored for 3-6 months in a dry airy spot. High in vitamin C, iron, sulphur and fibre. Use to flavour cooked dishes or serve raw in sandwiches and salads. 250 seeds.

Endive 'Tres Fine' - Cichorium endiva
Endive 'Tres Fine'

A miniature French heirloom variety with narrow finely curled leaves. A delicate flavour, especially when leaves are harvested young. For a fuller flavour harvest the older leaves. Eat raw in salads or lightly cook. For a sweeter taste, blanch the interior by bundling up the outer leaves while growing and secure with an elastic band. Endive prefers fertile, moist soil with plenty of sun. 250 seeds.

TOMATO 'COSTOLUTO' - Lycopersicon esculentum

An heirloom from Italy. This mid-season indeterminate variety produces large, ribbed, quince shaped tomatoes. This beautiful, creamy fruit is very flavoursome and used for slicing, sauces and pastes. Costoluto is a popular variety due to it full traditional flavour, which shines when slow roasted or cooked down into a rich sauce. 50 seeds

Pumpkin ‘Small Sugar’ - Cucurbita pepo
Pumpkin ‘Small Sugar’

An heirloom originally from the late 1800s USA that is widely popular due to its sweet, fine flesh. Not a big scrambling vine, this smaller variety produces 4-6 round fruit, 15-20 cm in diameter and weighing up to 2 kg each. Stores well through winter. The flesh and skin are both bright orange. Great for pies, baking, soups and casseroles. 30 seeds.

CHILLI ‘Early Jalapeno’ - Capsicum annum
CHILLI ‘Early Jalapeno’

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. 15 seeds.

Blue Woodruff - Asperula orientalis
Blue Woodruff

Loved by bees, butterflies and gardeners alike. A sweetly scented annual (to 40 cm) with lavender blue flowers that blooms throughout summer. It’s versatile and easy to grow. The plant mounds neatly with green whorled leaves. Use on borders, as a filler around larger plants or in a pot. Handles full sun & some shade. Prefers well drained soil. 300 seeds.

Poppy ~ Hungarian Blue Breadseed - Papaver lanciniatum
Poppy ~ Hungarian Blue Breadseed

A gorgeous annual poppy with multiple uses; fabulous flowers, large structural seed pods and edible seeds. Easy to grow, blooms in spring with large stunning purple petals on long stems. The flowers are followed by attractive seed pods that can be used in dried arrangements. Best known for the edible blue seed with a nutty flavour that is used in traditional Hungarian cooking. Only the seed is edible. Not to WA. About 1,000 seeds.

ONION 'Creamgold' - Allium Cepa
ONION 'Creamgold'

These large, light-brown, globe-shaped onions are an excellent winter crop, best suited to cooler climates. Plant lots because these are the longest keeping onions (up to 12 months) available and have great flavour. Onions are high in vitamin C, iron, sulphur and fibre. 1 Packet = 350 seeds. Bulk seed available (230 seeds/gram).

Shallot ‘Roderique’ - Allium ascalonicum
Shallot ‘Roderique’

A true French shallot that is prized in French cooking for their excellent flavour. Used raw for flavouring red meat or salads; cooked in soups, stews and other ‘slow’ dishes; or simply pickled. Does not like wet ground, so raise beds and do not add too much manure/compost. Treated seed. 1 Packet = 200 seeds. Bulk seed available. Approx. 260 seeds per gram.

CALENDULA / ENGLISH MARIGOLD - Calendula officinalis

Native to the Mediterranean, this medicinal annual is also a good companion plant in the vegetable garden by suppressing weeds. The double orange and yellow flowers bloom for many months on 45 cm stems. They are a long-lasting, pretty cut flower. Plants do well with light soil and good drainage. 160 Seeds.

 Runner Bean 'White Dutch' - Phaseolus coccineus ‘Alba’
Runner Bean 'White Dutch'

An unusual variety of ‘seven year’ runner bean. Similar to the scarlet runner except with beautiful white flowers and beans. The preferred runner bean grown in The Netherlands due to the thick, succulent tender pods, which are delicious when picked young and eaten raw, steamed or in soup. Shell, pod and dry mature beans for storage and use like lima beans in soups or salads. 10 seeds.

Hyssop - Hyssopus officinalis

A versatile evergreen perennial that can be used in the ornamental garden while used as a culinary and medicinal herb. Leaves are aromatic and have a flavour like a sage-mint cross. Leaves can be eaten raw, used in salads and soups or to make a pleasant flavoured tea. Flowers can also be used in salads. Grows to 50cm, prefers well drained soil. A strong bee/insect attractor with blue flowers in summer. 100 seeds.

Oswego Tea / Bee-Balm - Monarda didyma
Oswego Tea / Bee-Balm

Beebalm is a hardy perennial growing to 110 cm & has a long history of medicinal use where both the flowers and leaves have been used. The mostly red flowers were used by North Americans Indians to make tea which were used in treatments for colds, stomach aches and insomnia. The edible flowers and aromatic leaves are also used as a culinary addition. As the name implies, Beebalm attracts bees and other beneficial insects. Used as a cut flower. 35 seeds.