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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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Sweet Corn ‘Amish Butter’ - Zea mays
Sweet Corn ‘Amish Butter’

An old variety dating back to 1880’s and maintained by the Dutch in Pennsylvania. A creamy kernel variety that makes exceptional popcorn- large, fluffy & full of flavour. It can also be used ground (coarse or fine) for grits, flour or hominy masa to be used in polenta, tamales, breads, cookies adding great flavour. A.k.a Pennsylvania Dutch Butter. 50 seeds.

PEAS - SUGAR SNAP 'Cascadia' - Pisum sativum var. sativum
PEAS - SUGAR SNAP 'Cascadia'

These popular peas are perfect for junior gardeners. Easy to grow with stringless, succulent, sweet pods that can be gobbled straight from the plant. A high yielding plant with pods that grow to 7-8 cm long. This variety grows to 110 cm high. Peas need well-drained, limed soil. Grows well in cool climates and improves soil. 1 Packet = 30 seeds.

 

MULLEIN - Celsia roripifolia
MULLEIN

An old fashioned cottage garden plant closely related to the Verbascum family with strong one metre tall flower spikes in summer. The dainty white/pink, 5-lobed petals open first from the base of the flower stalk and turn into attractive reddish round seed pods over mid summer. A rare and unusual biennial or short lived perennial for a sunny position with ordinary garden soil. 300 seeds/No.1/. Not to WA.

CHILLI ‘Poblano Ancho’ - Capsicum annum
CHILLI ‘Poblano Ancho’

An indispensable chilli for Mexican cooking used in moles, adobos/pastes and salsas. The thick fleshed walls also make it ideal for grilling and stuffing with a favourite filling. A sweet mild-medium chilli that turns from dark green to a deep, deep red (so dark that it almost looks black). Pods taper to 8-12 cm long, 5 cm wide at the top. Keep sheltered for an easy to grow chilli with a good yield. Not to WA. 10 seeds.

Pineapple Lily - Eucomis comosa
Pineapple Lily

The pineapple lily is a hardy perennial that is easy to grow and deserve a spot in any garden. Beautiful purple striped racemes of white flowers with prominent purple tepal margins and ovaries appear in late summer. The leaves are light green with attractive wavy margins to 70 cm long. Can be grown easily in pots. Flowers need support in exposed areas. 15 seeds.

WHITE FLAG IRIS - Diplarrena moraea
WHITE FLAG IRIS

A Tasmanian Iris with attractive white, fragrant flowers with purple and yellow centres on slender 40 cm tall stems during spring and early summer. Grow this evergreen perennial in a well drained position in full sun to part shade. Salt tolerant. Not to WA. 40 seeds/No.1/

Black-Eyed Susan 'Marmelade' - Rudbeckia hirta ‘Marmelade’
Black-Eyed Susan 'Marmelade'

A shorter, 40cm tall type of the Rudbeckia with large, single, golden-yellow, horizontal petals and black, shiny centres. This brilliant cut flower is also a long blooming border plant over summer and early autumn. Has traditionally been used to dye wool and fabric. It grows well in good, fertile garden soil in full sun. A short-lived perennial with good drought tolerance. 50 seeds.

MEXICAN HAT PLANT - Ratibida columnifera f. pulcherrima ‘Red Midget’
MEXICAN HAT PLANT

Native to the American prairies this unusual plant is both drought resistant and hardy. The plant name comes from the remarkable drooping brick-red flowers, edged with yellow, that surround a tall prominent cone. Attractive, finely cut foliage. Fun and easy to grow. Great for sunny borders and meadows. Flowers in first year. 50 seeds. No. 1.

French Lavender - Lavendula dentata
French Lavender

French Lavender carries soft spikes of mauve-blue, scented flowers in winter and spring. A compact, evergreen shrub with grey-green, toothed, aromatic foliage, it makes an excellent hedge specimen and does best when kept to one metre high. Fast growing and salt-tolerant, even in poor soils, it needs full sun. Cut flowers dry beautifully. 30 seeds.
 

TOMATO 'KOTLAS' - Lycopersicon esculentum
TOMATO 'KOTLAS'

An early , staking type with medium sized, round, red fruit. Very cold tolerant, potato leafed heirloom variety, also setting fruit in cooler weather and resistant to tomato blight, giving it a long season. It even produced large numbers of fruit thorough the cold summer of 2008-09 when many other varieties failed!! 25 seeds

PINK ORIENTAL POPPY - Papaver orientale 'Princess Victoria Louise'
PINK ORIENTAL POPPY

A very beautiful perennial poppy with large, salmon pink flowerheads up to 80cm tall, stiff stems in flower from early spring to late summer. It forms big clumps in well drained, rich soils and a sunny position with extra liquid fertiliser when in bloom. 200 seeds/No.1/

SWEDE ‘Tasmanian Butter’ - Brassica napus
SWEDE ‘Tasmanian Butter’

At last a swede that is sweet and rich in flavour without any trace of the turnip flavour found in many other swedes. Swedes are easy to grow, store in the ground through winter and produce remarkable yields. These are a great fresh substitute for the potato. Beautiful braised or baked as a gratin. Originally derived from NZ butter swede this variety has been grown/bred for eating and seed for many, many years in Tasmania, we now claim it as our own variety :  )  Locally Grown Without Chemicals. 200 seeds.
 

Sweetpea ‘Hammett Streamer' - Lathyrus odoratus
Sweetpea ‘Hammett Streamer'

A mix of colours (blue, lilac, pink and chocolate maroon) all with striped and flushed 2-tone flowers. A strong climber or ground cover. This annual grows well in fertile moist soil in a warm spot protected from the wind. A heavily scented, beautiful cut flower. 12 seeds.

GLOBE THISTLE - Echinops ritro
GLOBE THISTLE

Stunning, globular, purple flower heads adorn thornless, finely-cut, grey-green foliage. Beautiful as a fresh or dry flower and popular with bees, this drought-hardy perennial prefers full sun or part-shade. Can handle poor soil with good drainage. Flower colour is more intense in areas with cool nights. The flower heads also provide a nice colour long before the actual flowers open, prolonging the ‘flowering’ season. 20 seeds.

KOHL RABI ‘Superschmelz’ - Brassica oleracea (gongylodes group)
KOHL RABI ‘Superschmelz’

The kohl rabi is super in many ways. It is big, sweet and very slow to run to seed. The bulb can reach 20-25 cm in size (up to 8 kg in some cases!) without becoming stringy and remains sweet and tender. The skin is white and light green. An old Swiss variety. 250 seeds.

SWEET PEA ‘Sweet Velvet’ - Lathyrus odoratus 'Sweet Velvet'
SWEET PEA ‘Sweet Velvet’

Collected from an old cottage garden in Hobart, this old-fashioned, hardy annual has amazing deep maroon fragrant flowers in summer to early autumn. Prefers fertile, moist soil in a warm spot protected from strong winds. Gorgeous trellised against a wall or fence or used as a ground cover. 15 seeds.