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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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A$3.50
Botanical Name
Vicia faba

An heirloom variety that is an early producer of nutty flavoured broad beans. Produces large amounts of medium green pods that are about 15cm long and containing around  5 seeds each. Grows to about 1m so is great for windy areas. One of the earliest crops to mature in cool climates.  Fixes nitrogen in soil. 1 Packet = 40 seeds.

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Apr 1st to Aug 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Mar 1st to Jul 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Mar 1st to Jun 30th
A$49.00

• A precision tool makes weed control fast, easy, and enjoyable.
• Use with thumbs pointing up on handle allows the user to stand upright, placing no strain on the back. The sharp thin blade rides the surface under-cutting the weeds.
• Great around seedlings and getting under plants leaves to get weeds.
• Galvanised for rust protection.
• Size = 175 mm; Replacement blade available.
• Handle not included. Ships as a large item (postage $11.50).
 

A$30.00

Replacement blades for the Oscilating/Stirrup Hoe.

They come in the size for 85 mm, 125 mm and 175 mm hoes. Or the Collinear Hoe.
Please state the size you are after in the 'Comments' section when checking out.

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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Cucurbita pepo

A great eating green squash with smooth, firm texture. It is a fun flying saucer shape with scalloped edges, making it irresistible for kids to try, especially when they help grow it themselves. Delicious raw, steamed, sautéed, grilled, roasted, fried or baked. Harvest young with flower still attached or at tennis ball size. 10 seeds.

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Dec 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 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
Eryngium alpinum ‘Superbum’

A beautiful perennial that has a profusion of soft, steely-blue flower heads on 80cm stems, the blue intensifies into autumn. A robust, long lived native of the alpine meadows in Europe. One of the most impressive sea hollies it holds interest in the garden over a long period. The foliage and flowers are great for cutting or drying. Frost hardy for full sun-part shade in well-drained soils. 20 seeds.

Frost Resilience
Frost Hardy
Lifespan
Perennial
Climate
Cold
Temperate
GermType
Cold germinating seeds
Sow Method
Transplant
Sowing Instructions
A cool period breaks the seed dormancy, so place seed packet in fridge for 3 weeks prior to sowing. Sow in trays & cover seeds, keep moist. Germination is erratic & occurs over 8-12 weeks, so be patient.
Height
0.8 m
Spacing/Spread
0.5 m
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Mar 1st to Jul 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Apr 1st to Jun 30th
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Helianthus annuus

A medium-sized single stem sunflower. Growing to 80 cm this bronze, a super happy bloom with bright yellow bronze bicoloured petals with a dark centre.  A pollenless variety so it doesn’t set lots of seed. Handles windy gardens better than taller cousins. Heat and drought tolerant. An ideal flower for junior gardeners. 10 seeds.

Sunlight
Full
Frost Resilience
Frost Hardy
Lifespan
Annual
Climate
Cold
Temperate
Hot Arid
Tropics/SubTropics
Sow Method
Direct or Transplant
Sowing Instructions
Sow into pots to transplant later or direct into garden once frosts have passed. Choose a sunny spot. Keep seedlings well watered, and feed sparingly with liquid fertiliser once established. May need staking for support in windy areas. Takes about 50-60 days from sowing to flower.
Height
0.8 m
Spacing/Spread
0.4 m
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Oct 1st to Jan 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Jan 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Jan 1st to Dec 31st
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1 pkt
A$3.80
Botanical Name
Cucurbita maxima

Am I squash or am I pumpkin?? This versatile vegie can be eaten when immature (steamed or baked) in the warmer months, tasting of a mix between potato & pumpkin. Left to mature it produces a dry fleshed, long keeping pumpkin. Mature pumpkins have a dark green, ribbed skin with orange flesh and weigh up to 3 kg. Treated seed (thiram). 10 seeds.

Sunlight
Full
Frost Resilience
Tender
Lifespan
Annual
Climate
Cold
Temperate
Hot Arid
Tropics/SubTropics
Sow Method
Direct or Transplant
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Nov 30th
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 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
Amaranthus caudatus ‘Viridus’

This old-fashioned plant has very unusual, drooping, 80cm long, light green flower tassels in summer and autumn. An annual that provides dramatic structure to a bed, the foliage can also be eaten steamed. Easily grown in a sunny, even hot and dry, position with average soil. Self seeds. 400 seeds.
 

Sunlight
Full
Frost Resilience
Tender
Lifespan
Annual
Climate
Cold
Temperate
Hot Arid
Tropics/SubTropics
Sow Method
Direct or Transplant
Sowing Instructions
Raise seeds in trays or sow direct to garden when soil and weather has warmed. Cover seeds thinly, keep moist and warm at around 21-24˚C. In cooler climates start indoors to transplant later.
Height
1.5 m
Spacing/Spread
0.6 m
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Oct 1st to Dec 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Oct 1st to Jan 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Aug 1st to Mar 31st
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Amaranthus caudatus 'Red'

This old fashioned plant has very unusual drooping, 80cm long, deep red flower tassels over summer and autumn. An annual that provides dramatic structure to a bed. Easily grown in a sunny, even hot and dry position with average soil. Self seeds. 400 seeds/No.1/

Sunlight
Full
Frost Resilience
Tender
Lifespan
Annual
Climate
Cold
Temperate
Hot Arid
Tropics/SubTropics
Sow Method
Direct or Transplant
Sowing Instructions
Raise seeds in trays or sow direct to garden when soil and weather has warmed. Cover seeds thinly, keep moist and warm at around 21-24˚C. In cooler climates start indoors to transplant later.
Height
1.5 m
Spacing/Spread
0.6 m
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Oct 1st to Dec 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Oct 1st to Jan 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Aug 1st to Mar 31st
Image
1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Asparagus officinalis

A French heirloom that is early and hardy. It has straight dark green spears with a tender purple tip and excellent flavour. Argenteuil tends to be earlier than other asparagus varieties. The French traditionally have used blanched this variety to create a ‘white’ asparagus. Good yields produced over 2-3 months. A perennial vegetable living for 15-20 years, so plenty of years production. 30 seeds.

Hierloom
Sunlight
Full
Frost Resilience
Frost Hardy
Lifespan
Perennial
Climate
Cold
Temperate
Tropics/SubTropics
Germination Period (days)
28
Sow Method
Direct or Transplant
Sowing Instructions
Sow in trays or direct to garden. Keep moist and warm (takes 4 weeks to germinate). Irrigate and weed well in first year. Provide support in windy positions. Needs well drained soil. In autumn cut off brown ferns and fertilise well and lime in late winter.
Spacing/Spread
0.4 m
Row Space
1 m