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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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Tomato ‘Siberian’ - Lycopersicon esculentum
Tomato ‘Siberian’

A great tasting early, red tomato for cooler climates. As the name suggests it can set fruit in places where summer can be slow to start. A versatile medium round tomato with a slight acidic flavour. It can handle cooler weather but not frosts. While a determinate variety it still requires staking. 40 seeds.

Tomato ‘Super Sioux’ - Lycopersicon esculentum
Tomato ‘Super Sioux’

A round, red heirloom tomato with a classic tomato flavour, acidic with a hint of sweetness. Very productive, especially in hot, dry weather. A fleshy thick-skinned medium tomato that does not crack. A popular all-rounder used raw or in sauces. An indeterminate variety with a long harvest. 40 seeds.

Salad Burnet  - Sanguisorba minor
Salad Burnet

A perennial herb used as an ingredient in salads, dressings, soups, tea or cooling drinks. The leaves have a mild cucumber flavour. Young leaves are the tastiest as they can become bitter with age. Grows to 60 cm it has a long tap root so it can handle dry periods and grows year round (so the leaves can be used in winter). Flowers in November with greenish heads. 150 seeds.

Carrot ‘Solar Yellow’  - Daucus carota ssp.sativus
Carrot ‘Solar Yellow’

A yellow carrot with sweet, crunchy roots. A fun, happy carrot to grow that is a bright yellow addition to your morning juice or adds colour to your dinner plate. Uniform roots to 15-18 cm. Harvest when young for the most tender and sweetest flavour. Older carrots can be eaten raw or cooked. 250 seeds.

Watermelon 'Sugarbaby'

This early variety of watermelon produces small, round, scarlet-red fruit, up to 5kg. An old fashioned type with sweet and juicy flesh, it is well- suited to cooler areas. Perfect for Tasmania and the cooler areas of Victoria and NSW. 30 seeds.

Chilli ‘Pimientos de Padron’  - Capsicum annum
Chilli ‘Pimientos de Padron’

A famous chilli grown in NW Spain, where it is a popular tapas (picked green and fried in olive oil). Considered the ‘Russian Roulette Chilli’ as they are mostly mild, however there is the occasional hottie to keep you on your toes. The longer the 2-4cm chillies are left on the bush the hotter they become. Not to WA. 15 seeds.

 Watermelon ‘Charleston Grey’ - Cucumis melo
Watermelon ‘Charleston Grey’

Bright red, fibreless, oval fruit with a tough gray-green rind & fine dark-green veins.  These oblong fruit weigh ave. 11-15 kg. Fruit is ripe when the stem starts to brown off. Slow growing in cool areas, so start early indoors. For good germination 24+oC is required. Needs full sun & a sheltered spot. 20 seeds.

Watermelon ‘Crimson Sweet’  - Cucumis melo
Watermelon ‘Crimson Sweet’

A large heirloom variety with sweet and sweet pinkish-red flesh. Averages 1- 3 fruit 10 kg fruit per vine. The round shaped fruit have green and yellow striped rind. Slow growing in cooler climates, so start early indoors. Needs full sun & a sheltered spot. For good germination 24+oC is required. Some disease resistance. 25 seeds.

Melon ‘Honey Dew Green’ - Cucumis melo
Melon ‘Honey Dew Green’

A sweet, warm weather melon with lime-green flesh. Melons are ripe when the stem turns brown and the ‘flick test’ sounds a little hollow. Fruits are 2-2.5 kg. Needs full sun & a sheltered spot. Can be slow growing in cooler climates, so start early in a greenhouse and on a hot bed and transplant out once cooler nights have passed. For good germination 20+oC is required. 40 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
TOMATO 'COSTOLUTO'

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.