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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
Beta vulgaris 'Rainbow Chard'

Richly coloured stems in red, yellow and pink shades make Rainbow Chard or silverbeet highly ornamental but also very tasty. A vigorous grower, often perennial, which needs good drainage, fertile soil and plenty of space. 40 seeds

Organic
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Feb 27th
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Mar 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Jan 1st to Dec 31st
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
​​​​​​​Ocimum basilicum

A basil with a distinct cinnamon aftertaste. Olive green leaves with attractive purple growing tips and rose-pink flowers. Use as you would sweet basil in salads, pasta, pizza and tomato dishes. In a sunny, sheltered position it will happily grow to 70 cm. Sow direct to garden or grow as a pot plant.

Sunlight
Full
Frost Resilience
Tender
Lifespan
Annual
Harvest
60 Days
Climate
Cold
Temperate
Hot Arid
Tropics/SubTropics
Sow Method
Direct or Transplant
Sowing Instructions
Sow direct when soil and weather is warm enough. In cooler areas sow indoors in trays to transplant once frosts passed and soil and weather warmed. Keeps seeds moist and warm (22˚C). Basil seeds need light to germinate. Very frost sensitive.
Height
0.7 m
Spacing/Spread
0.3 m
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Dec 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 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
Cucumis melo var. flexuosus

An unusual vegetable in that it tastes and looks like a cucumber but is actually a muskmelon. Also known as snake cucumber as can get to over 80 cm long but best picked at about 30 cm. Pale skin with longitudinal ribs. Eat skin and all as the skin is not bitter. An unusual variety with a delicious refreshing flavour. 20 seeds.

Sunlight
Full
Climate
Cold
Temperate
Hot Arid
Tropics/SubTropics
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
Cucurbita pepo

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.

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
Capsicum annum

A popular heirloom chilli with a mild heat. They mature from a dark green to a glossy red and grow to 15-20 cm in length, making them ideal for stuffing. Use green for ‘chilli verde’ or ‘chilli rellinos’. The mature red fruit can be used fresh and are often dried or smoked. The perfect chilli for those who do not like too much heat. Not to WA. 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
Lycopersicon esculentum

This Italian, long, pear shaped tomato has medium sized, tough skinned, sweet fruit that stores well and is a reliable, staking variety for pastes and purees. Prepare the soil by digging in plenty of rotted organic matter and use lime if soil is acid. approx. 80 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
Lycopersicon esculentum

A vigorous plant with round, red apricot sized fruit ( 2-4cm). Very tasty, juicy and productive tomato that needs staking. Grows in clusters and is a prize winner. 80 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
Lycopersicon esculentum

This vigorous French bush variety with strong flavoured, flattish red tomatoes will set large amounts of fruit even in cool weather. Surround the young plants with lots of straw around the base to keep the ripening tomatoes of the ground. 80 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
Lycopersicon esculentum

This early, prolific, Italian heirloom produces apricot sized, oval, red fruit. Very tasty, when eaten raw but mainly used for drying. Needs staking. Prepare the soil by digging in plenty of rotted organic matter and use lime if soil is acidic. 40 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
Cucurbita maxima

A popular smaller pumpkin with dry flesh and excellent storage. A smaller bush that produces numerous blue-grey skinned pumpkins (15-20 cm across) and weighing up to 2 kg. The deep orange flesh is sweet and excellent for roasting, soups, pies and steaming. Originated in USA. 10 seeds.

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