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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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SHISO -  ‘Britton’ - Perilla frutescens
SHISO - ‘Britton’

An amazing Asian Potherb. An eye-catching salad green with red undersides & a mild mint/basil aroma. The large leaves can be used as wraps for fingerfood or sushi. They turn pickling vinegar a vivid magenta colour (used for pickled ginger). Remove flower buds to extend plant life. Harvest by cutting sprigs above a leaf joint, not cutting more than one-third of plant at a time. 70 seeds.

PINCUSHION ‘Black Knight’ - Scabiosa atropurpurea 'black'
PINCUSHION ‘Black Knight’

Deep dark maroon, almost black flowers on long elegant stems make this a striking annual. The compact, uniform flowers on tall stems make great long lasting cut flowers or an eye catcher in the garden. Needs full sun and well-drained, limy soil in a protected position. Sow in spring for a summer flowering and mid to late summer for a winter flowering. 20 seeds.

Zucchini ‘Costata Romanesco’ - Cucurbita pepo
Zucchini ‘Costata Romanesco’

An Italian heirloom that is one of the best tasting zucchinis around. A great nutty flavour with a firm flesh and texture whether cooked or raw. Can also be picked young with the flowers still attached for the gourmet meal. The skins are prominently ribbed and green with pale green flecks. 15 seeds.

PUMPKIN ‘Spagetti Squash’ - Curcurbita pepo
PUMPKIN ‘Spagetti Squash’

Grow your own spaghetti! When cooked, this amazing oblong squash has tasty, ribbony flesh that can be topped with your favourite sauce! Baked, boiled or steamed, it is a delicious sweetly nutty vegie on its own, as well as a nutritious, high fibre, low-calorie pasta-substitute. 15 seeds.

PUMPKIN ‘Buttercup’ - Curcurbita maxima
PUMPKIN ‘Buttercup’

A medium-small pumpkin with rich, sweet, fibreless flesh. A dark grey/green skin that is contrasted with deep orange flesh. Averages 3-4 pumpkins per plant at 1.3-2.5 kg. One of our favourite dry pumpkins. Stores well if cured in a dry, airy environment. 15 seeds.

Cup and Saucer Vine - Cobaea scandens
Cup and Saucer Vine

A vigorous, ‘plant and stand back’ vine with stunning, dark-purple, cup-shaped flowers year round. A great ‘quick fix’ for pergolas, ugly walls etc. Native to Mexico, it thrives in warm conditions, but tolerates cool climates, too. Can handle very light frosts. Prefers full sun.  10 seeds. Not to WA.

Endive & Escarole Mix  - Cichorium endiva
Endive & Escarole Mix

A perfect mix of fine (endive) and broader (escarole) leafed European greens. These mildly bitter greens grow well through the cooler months. While these varieties all have slightly different maturing dates for a full head harvest, leaves can harvested as kitchen demand requires. Grows well in fertile, moist soil with plenty of sun. 60 seeds.

Gourd ‘Pear Bicolour’  - Cucurbita pepo
Gourd ‘Pear Bicolour’

An heirloom, pear-shaped gourd that has a green lower half with stripes and a yellow top half. The gourds are medium-small and make great ornamentals or craft projects. Gourds are the hollow, dried shell of cucurbita that can be used ornamentally, topped for bowls, place a slit in for a kids money box or many other creative/fun uses. 10 seeds.

Sorrel, Red Veined  - Rumex acetosa
Sorrel, Red Veined

An attractive plant that is at home in the vegetable and ornamental garden. A tough, hardy perennial that grows to 40 cm high, making it an ideal border plant. The bright green leaves have deep red ribbing and a sour, lemon-flavour. For the kitchen the tender young leaves can be used raw. As the plants mature use cook like spinach or stir fry. Cut back to encourage young growth.100 seeds.

Kohl Rabi ‘Grand Duke’ F1  - Brassica oleracea (gongylodes group)
Kohl Rabi ‘Grand Duke’ F1

An award winning green skinned kohl rabi with crisp, tasty flesh. Noted both for its earliness and flavour, this unusual vegetable is popular in eastern Europe. Eaten raw it has a crunchy sweet flavour, we grate it with a sweet onion and mixed with chopped parsley to use as a refreshing salad. 100 seeds.

Cup and Saucer Vine ‘White’ - Cobaea scandens ‘Alba’
Cup and Saucer Vine ‘White’

A fast-growing vine that happily covers any unsightly structures with the benefit of blooming year round with white cup-shaped flowers. A great ‘quick fix’ for pergolas, ugly walls etc. Native to Mexico, it thrives in warm conditions, but also tolerates cool climates. Can handle very light frosts. The more sun the more it flowers. Not to WA. 10 seeds.

Feathered Pink Dianthus - Dianthus plumaris
Feathered Pink Dianthus

A sweet perfumed dianthus with fine, simple, linear grey-green leaves. A hardy perennial growing to 50 cm high. The flowers come in a range of pinks and have clove like tasting petals that can be added for flavour or decoration to cakes, salads and drinks. Flowers from late spring into late summer. Prefers well drained sites. Suitable for rock gardens and cutting. No. 1. 50 seeds.

BERGAMONT, WILD / HORSEMINT -  Monarda fistulosa
BERGAMONT, WILD / HORSEMINT

A hardy perennial with aromatic foliage and lilac-purple flowers that are magnets for honey bees and other beneficial insects. Growing to 80 cm high it can be planted in a wide range of soils in full sun to part shade. A versatile plant whose leaves are used for tea, culinary and medicinal purposes. Also used as a cut flower. Handles dry conditions. No. 1. 150 seeds.

Chilli ‘Peter Pepper’ - Capsicum annuum
Chilli ‘Peter Pepper’

A hot, spicy and very naughty chilli! The name of this chilli comes from its unusual shape, which when fully grown is considered to resemble a smaller version of a male’s private parts. So giggle away but its hotter than a jalapeno and just as versatile. It can be used fresh, pickled, dried, powdered and in salsa. Rated 10,000-23,000 Scoville units. 10 seeds.

Zebra Mallow / French Hollyhock - Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina'
Zebra Mallow / French Hollyhock

A hardy perennial that flowers in its first year, striking white cup shaped flowers with dark violet stripes running to the centre. Also know as French Hollyhock, the flowers, leaves and seed are edible. A prolific bloomer that is used to attract beneficial insects. No. 9. 30 seeds.

BEE-BALM / OSWEGO TEA - Monarda didyma
BEE-BALM / OSWEGO TEA

Beebalm is a hardy perennial growing to 110 cm & has a long history of medicinal use where both the flowers and leaves have been used. The mostly red flowers were used by North Americans Indians to make tea which were used in treatments for colds, stomach aches and insomnia. The edible flowers and aromatic leaves are also used as a culinary addition. As the name implies, Beebalm attracts bees and other beneficial insects. Used as a cut flower. 35 seeds.