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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 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!

WA customers please see the Quarantine page.

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).

What's new or back in stock

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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Brassica napus

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. 300 seeds.
 

Organic
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Feb 27th
Temperate Climate Periods
Jan 1st to Apr 30th
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Mar 1st to May 31st
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Pastinaca sativa

An old Australian variety that is highly nutritious has a sweet flavour and a high yield. The taste improves harvested after the first frost, becoming sweeter with a nutty twist. Great roasted, in pies/pasties or soups. A very hardy and vigorous vegetable that is not really bothered by pests or disease. Fresh seed harvested Jan 2020. Not to WA. 300 seeds.
 

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Feb 27th
Temperate Climate Periods
Jul 1st to Mar 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Feb 1st to Aug 31st
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Allium fistulosum

This is your classic great tasting spring/bunching onion with a red twist! The foot of this spring onion has a red tinge, helping add some colour and interest to salads, stir fries and omelettes. Very hardy & easily grown in fertile, limy soils in full sun. 1 Pkt = 300 seeds.

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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Chrysanthemum maximum

A fun daisy with long lasting double and semi-double white flowers. A hardy perennial that grows to 80 cm. Makes a great border plant with healthy growth of toothed oblong leaves and a mass of flowers. Makes an outstanding cut flower due to good vase life and medium stems. Handles most soils in full sun or part shade. About 40 seeds.

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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Artemisia absinthium
Expected Back in Stock Date
01-09-2020

Made famous by being one of the active ingredients in the spirit ‘Absinthe’. This herbaceous perennial has many uses – Koreans use it in cooking, Moroccans in mint tea, companion planting and medicinal uses include aiding digestion, flatulence and a nerve tonic. Grey-green leaves provide an ornamental value. Yellow flowers in summer. 300 seeds.
 

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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Rheum rhabarbarum

This variety is fast growing with long slender bright red stalks. It can handle a light harvest in its first year. This hardy perennial is prized for its sour/tart flavour & is often used in desserts (apple and rhubarb crumble is hard to beat) and for tarts, pies, jam, and rhu-Champagne. Only eat stalks as leaves have high levels of oxalic acid. Native to central Asia & the Himalaya. 20 seeds.
 

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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Citrullus lanatus

Bright red, fibreless, oval fruit with a tough gray-green rind & fine dark-green veins.  These oblong fruit weigh ave. 11-15 kg. Fruit is ripe when the stem starts to brown off. Slow growing in cool areas, so start early indoors. For good germination 24+oC is required. Needs full sun & a sheltered spot. 20 seeds.

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Nov 30th
Temperate Climate Periods
Aug 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
Citrullus lanatus

A large heirloom variety with sweet and sweet pinkish-red flesh. Averages 1- 3 fruit 10 kg fruit per vine. The round shaped fruit have green and yellow striped rind. Slow growing in cooler climates, so start early indoors. Needs full sun & a sheltered spot. For good germination 24+oC is required. Some disease resistance. 25 seeds.

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Nov 30th
Temperate Climate Periods
Aug 1st to Jan 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Jan 1st to Dec 31st
1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Citrullus lanatus

This early variety of watermelon produces small, round, scarlet-red fruit, up to 5kg. An old fashioned type with sweet and juicy flesh, it is well- suited to cooler areas. Perfect for Tasmania and the cooler areas of Victoria and NSW. 30 seeds.

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Nov 30th
Temperate Climate Periods
Aug 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
Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii

This perennial plant is covered in masses of perfectly shaped golden-yellow flowers with a black central cone. Growing to 70cm and flowering in summer and autumn, it looks best in bold groups. Full sun and fertile soil, quickly forms large clumps when established. 30 seeds.