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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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KALE ‘Siberian’ - Brassica napus pabularia
KALE ‘Siberian’

A true Siberian kale! The Brassica napus varieties are more tender and milder in flavour than the traditional European kale, B.oleracea, which makes the younger raw leaves better for use in salads. Older leaves are used steamed, stir fried, in pies and green smoothies. In spring the flower head sprouts are used like broccoli raab, raw or steamed. A tall, heavy yielding plant with tender curly, blue-green leaves. Frost and snow improve the flavour. 500 seeds.

ZINNIA ‘Envy’ - Zinnia elegans 'Envy'
ZINNIA ‘Envy’

These creamy, lime-green, dahlia-like flower heads make Zinnia an eye-catching addition to gardens and floral arrangements. Fast growing, though frost tender, this 70cm-tall, Mexican annual needs a protected, sunny position with friable soil and extra watering over the hot summer months. 80 seeds.

TOMATO 'ROMA' - Lycopersicon esculentum
TOMATO 'ROMA'

This oval shaped, Italian bush type is excellent for paste and sauces. A prolific grower with no disease problems. A very popular and reliable variety. 80 seeds

TOMATO 'Red Russian'

A popular crimson red medium tomato with great taste that tolerates low night temperatures, so it is ideal for cooler area. A Russian heirloom that is an early producer. A tough and vigorous producer that needs staking. 80 seeds.

Nasturtiun (Red)  - Tropaeolum minus ‘Empress of India’
Nasturtiun (Red)

This non-trailing, 20-30cm high, old variety is covered in scarlet-red, single flowers with attractive dark blue-green foliage. A good container plant in a warm position over summer. Flowers, leaves and young seed pods are a spicy addition to fresh salads. A frost tender annual that readily self seeds. 20 seeds

RED NASTURTIUM ‘Empress of India’ - Tropaeolum minus
RED NASTURTIUM ‘Empress of India’

This non-trailing, 20-30cm high, old variety is covered in scarlet-red, single flowers with attractive dark blue-green foliage. A good container plant in a warm position over summer. Flowers, leaves and young seed pods are a spicy addition to fresh salads. A frost tender annual that readily self seeds. 20 seeds.

LEEK ‘Blue Solaise’ - Allium porrum
LEEK ‘Blue Solaise’

A 19th century French heirloom leek (aka Bleu de Solaise) with beautiful deep blue-green leaves that intensify through the winter. A rare variety with strong stalks and a great flavour. Used in potage gardens due to their ornamental and fine eating qualities. An extremely cold hardy variety that can be eaten through winter into spring. 150 seeds.

Catmint - Nepeta cataria
Catmint

This useful, evergreen, edging plant has aromatic spikes of small white/cream flowers. The leaves are loved by cats. A hardy perennial groundcover that has a long flowering period over summer, extended by deadheading old flowers. It has cool grey-blue foliage and likes well-drained soil. Young leaves have a mint flavour and can be used in salads or for herbal tea. Divide in spring or autumn. 150 seeds.

CARROT ‘Scarlet Nantes’

An old time favourite with gardeners as it is reliable, produces a good yield and has a sweet, crisp flavour. Use them fresh or cooked. The roots are bright orange, cylindrical with a tapered end. They average 15cm long. About 500 seeds.

KANGAROO PAW - Anigozanthos manglesii
KANGAROO PAW

These perennial West Australian natives have stunning 60cm tall, red, paw shaped flowers with green tips and strap like leaves. A striking container or rockery plant, attracting honey eating birds when flowering in spring and summer. Grows well in any soil with good drainage, plenty of water over summer and adequate sun. In humid areas grow in a pot or in well drained spot. Not to WA. 50 seeds/No.4/

Lettuce 'Buttercrunch' - Lactuca sativa
Lettuce 'Buttercrunch'

A classic butterhead variety that is crisp and sweet. A small tight head with thick green leaves that is naturally blanched in the middle. Triangular leaves that give it more of a fan shape. A lettuce with the highest eating quality. Slow to bolt. 300 seeds.

EGGPLANT ‘Lavender Blush’ F1 - Solanum melongena
EGGPLANT ‘Lavender Blush’ F1

A good looking and tasting eggplant. Lavender with white streaks and grows to 10 cm long. Great yield with a creamy sweet flavour (no bitterness). Great for grilling or in middle-eastern dishes. Good for areas with shorter summers, plant in a sheltered sunny position for best results. 15 seeds.

Eggplant ‘Orient Express’ F1  - Solanum melongena
Eggplant ‘Orient Express’ F1

Your classic long deep purple oriental eggplant. A robust variety that can set fruit in cooler weather and handle heat stress. Fruit is 18-25 cm in length, tender and quick cooking. An early variety that allows those with short summers have a eggplant crop. 20 seeds.

BRUSSEL SPROUTS ‘Diablo’ F1

A heavy cropping brussel sprout with smooth medium sized sprouts, that are compact and of excellent quality. This ‘late’ sprout is triggered by decreasing day lengths in autumn. The sprouts will hold well on the plant through winter, so harvest them fresh as you need them. 20 seeds.

TURNIP ‘Hakurei’ F1 - Brassica rapa
TURNIP ‘Hakurei’ F1

Forget your prejudice against turnips. This variety tastes better and stays smoother as it sizes, while other turnips get a coarser flesh. This variety is superb raw, with a crisp, sweet, fruity taste. We eat it raw in salads or cooked in stir fries, pies and stew. Also adds a good flavour to stock. Hakurei has white, flat-round, smooth roots that matures, best harvested young, 5-8cm diam. The dark green leaves can be eaten raw or lightly cooked. 80 seeds.

BROCCOLI ‘Arcadia’ F1

The most versatile broccoli variety as it is tolerant of heat and cold stress. It is suitable for summer, autumn and winter crops. Large tasty heads with secondary shoots appearing after the harvest of the main head. 30 seeds.