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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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MANUKA - Leptospermum scoparium
MANUKA

Tea Tree or Manuka is used for medicinal purposes and for essential oils, and is especially known as a source of medicinal honey. This Tasmanian type is very frost hardy and has pretty white/rose pink flowers in summer. A good container plant which needs regular, light pruning. Extremely variable in size depending upon soil and climate (ideal conditions to 7m). Handles a wide range of soils and climatic conditions. Not to WA. 200 seeds/No.1/

Fiddleneck / Lacy Phacelia - Phacelia tanacetifolia
Fiddleneck / Lacy Phacelia

A hardy annual that bees, hoverflies and parasitic wasps love, making it is a great companion plant in the garden. A prolific bloomer with dense, curved, bell shaped blue-lilac flowers. It grows to 80 cm and makes a useful border plant that will supply you with cut flowers. Also used as a green manure to suppress weeds and to add organic matter to the soil. Sow in spring for summer flowering or in autumn to protect the soil through winter and early spring blooms. 100 seeds. No.1.

MISS WILLMOTT’S GHOST - Eryngium giganteum
MISS WILLMOTT’S GHOST

A very attractive short-lived perennial with large blue or pale-green central flower cones surrounded by spiky, silvery bracts in summer & autumn. A wonderful cut flower with heart-shaped, basal leaves. Miss Willmott scattered seed in a friends’ garden, who were surprised to find a great flower growing. Frost hardy, for full sun. 30 seeds.

Meadow Sage - Salvia pratensis
Meadow Sage

An aromatic perennial wildflower from Europe, western Asia and northern Africa. Beautiful blue-dark purple flower spikes to 60+ cm that attracts beneficial insects to the garden. A hardy woody stemmed plant that can be included in a meadow mixture. A honey-bee food plant and culinary herb where it has been used in flavouring beer and wine. Flowers in its first year. 50 seeds. No. 1.

Chilli 'Butch T Trinidad Scorpion' - Capsicum chinense
Chilli 'Butch T Trinidad Scorpion'

The hottest chilli in our catalogue!! A previous world record holder for the hottest chilli at 1.4 million Scoville Heat Units. A tall plant that likes a warm, sheltered position (in cooler areas grow in greenhouse or indoors). Produces a good yield of 5-8 cm pendant shaped chillies that taper to a sharp point (the scorpion’s tail). Extremely hot, so do not let kids pick fruit from the plant!! Not to WA. 15 seeds.

Carrot ‘Deep Purple’ F1 - Daucus carota var. sativus
Carrot ‘Deep Purple’ F1

CARROT ‘Deep Purple’ F1 Daucus carota var. sativus

A carrot that is purple all the way to the core. Most other purple carrots have just purple skin or flesh, not this one it’s purple through and through. A sweet carrot that retains its colour though the cooking process. Beware though a purple carrot soup is a site to behold!! Treated seed. 200 seeds.

Fenugreek - Trigonella foenum-graecum
Fenugreek

A fast growing annual herb/spice. Both the leaves and seed can be used in the kitchen. In India the leaves are used like spinach in curries, while the seeds are used are lightly roasted and used as one of the spices in curries. As fenugreek is a legume with nitrogen nodules on its roots it can be used as a dual purpose crop; in the kitchen and as summer green manure crop. Collect seed from the pods for sprouting. 100 seeds.

Fenugreek - Trigonella foenum-graecum
Fenugreek

A fast growing annual herb/spice. Both the leaves and seed can be used in the kitchen. In India the leaves are used like spinach in curries, while the seeds are used are lightly roasted and used as one of the spices in curries. As fenugreek is a legume with nitrogen nodules on its roots it can be used as a dual purpose crop; in the kitchen and as summer green manure crop. Collect seed from the pods for sprouting. 100 seeds.

Fiddleneck / Lacy Phacelia - Phacelia tanacetifolia
Fiddleneck / Lacy Phacelia

A hardy annual that bees, hoverflies and parasitic wasps love, making it is a great companion plant in the garden. A prolific bloomer with dense, curved, bell shaped blue-lilac flowers. It grows to 80 cm and makes a useful border plant that will supply you with cut flowers. Also used as a green manure to suppress weeds and to add organic matter to the soil. Sow in spring for summer flowering or in autumn to protect the soil through winter and early spring blooms. 100 seeds. No.1.

Spinach ‘Malabar Red Climbing’ - Basella rubra
Spinach ‘Malabar Red Climbing’

An attractive perennial vine that has edible green leaves and shoots that can be used in salads or stir fries. The red stems give the plant an ornamental value as well. Provide a trellis for easy picking and to protect other plants from being smothered! A heat loving plant that is grown as an annual in cooler areas as it is frost tender. While not a true spinach the leaves taste and look similar. 30 seeds.

Masterwort - Astrantia major
Masterwort

A long flowering attractive plant that provides a touch of elegance to the cottage garden with a mass of white starry flowers with pink veins in summer. Used in flower arrangements. Prefers cool-temperate areas, in warmer climates provide midday shade. Can be used as a ground cover when planted as a group. Deadhead to prolong flowering and self seeding. 20 seeds. No. 3.

SPINACH ‘Malabar Red Climbing’ - Basella rubra
SPINACH ‘Malabar Red Climbing’

An attractive perennial vine that has edible green leaves and shoots that can be used in salads or stir fries. The red stems give the plant an ornamental value as well. Provide a trellis for easy picking and to protect other plants from being smothered! A heat loving plant that is grown as an annual in cooler areas as it is frost tender. While not a true spinach the leaves taste and look similar. 30 seeds.

AFRICAN POPPY - Papaver atlanticum
AFRICAN POPPY

This perennial Poppy is native to Morocco and produces plenty of soft apricot coloured, single flowers on 50 cm long stems over summer. A very hardy species with delicate blue grey foliage and tiny elongated seed pods. Grow this plant in full sun with well drained soil.

200 seeds/No.1/

LEEK ‘Bulgarian Giant’  - Allium porrum
LEEK ‘Bulgarian Giant’

A leek renowned for its flavour and long whitish-green cylindrical stems. Early to medium maturing that can be harvested through autumn and winter. Versatile in the kitchen with a mild sweet flavour. A very tall variety that allows plenty of stem for use in the kitchen. 400 seeds. Not to WA.

KOHL RABI ‘Purple’ - Brassica oleracea (gongylodes)
KOHL RABI ‘Purple’

A much under-rated and underutilised vegie. This purple skinned white fleshed Kohl Rabi is great raw, lightly cooked or used in soups. Eaten raw it has a crunchy sweet flavour, we grate it with a sweet onion and mix together with chopped parsley to use as a refreshing salad. 600 seeds.

ANNUAL CORNFLOWER ‘Double Ball Mix’ - Centaurea cyanus
ANNUAL CORNFLOWER ‘Double Ball Mix’

These spring and summer bloomers have large, double flowers in shades of blue, pink and white on 60-100 cm tall stems. These annuals grow well in full sun and good, limy, well-drained soil in a sheltered position. Cut back spent flowers to promote regrowth. Flower petals are edible, adding colour to salads. Plant en masse for a striking display or amongst your vegies for a bit of colour. Makes a great cut or dried flower. Self seeds. 200 seeds.