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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PEAS  'Purple Podded' - Pisum sativum var. arvense
PEAS 'Purple Podded'

This old variety (Capucijner) has delightful fragrant, purple-pink flowers followed by attractive deep purple pods, which are filled with green peas. A strong climber up to 150cm tall. Eat pods fresh when young and tender or use the green peas either cooked or dried. Peas need well drained, limy soil and should be watered well over the summer months. 20 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.

PINK ORIENTAL POPPY - Papaver orientale 'Princess Victoria Louise'

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/

ORNAMENTAL KALE ‘Sunset’ - Brassica oleracea 'Sunset'

Ornamental kale provides something unique and unusual for the garden or bouquets. Florists love these attractive small headed leaf cabbages. Best grown in places where the temperature drops below 10˚C, so ideal for autumn and winter. ‘Sunset’ has red centre with dark outer leaves. 20 seeds.

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. 400 seeds.

PUMPKIN 'Golden Nugget' - Cucurbita maxima
PUMPKIN 'Golden Nugget'

A smaller, flat shaped pumpkin with sweet, creamy, orange flesh. Up to 1.5kg in weight and 15cm diameter in size this bush variety is a heavy bearer and of good keeping qualities. Pumpkins grow well in organically rich and warm soils (or on top of a sunny compost heap). Regularly watered over summer this variety will be ready for harvest in approx.70 days. 10 seeds

LIVINGSTON DAISY  - Dorotheanthus bellidiformis

These ground-covering plants form large, evergreen carpets with a spectacular flowering display in summer. Vibrant colours range from white, pink, red, lemon to apricot with petals only opening on a sunny day. A heat and drought tolerant, succulent annual for full sun with good drainage. Excellent for mass displays or smaller pots. 200 seeds. No. 1.

Red Valerian - Centranthus ruber ‘Rosenrot’
Red Valerian

A charming old fashioned perennial with clusters of light red flowers in late spring and summer, with soft grey green foliage. Flowers in its first year (if started early enough) and makes a great fragrant cut flower. Deadhead to promote more flowering and to prevent self seeding. Self seeds easily. Not for very hot & humid climates. 25 seeds. No. 1.

Curry Plant - Helichrysum italicum
Curry Plant

This small perennial has plenty going for it. The leaves are very attractive with silver grey-green foliage and are used in salads and cooked food as they have a slight curry flavour. The yellow flowers & seed heads are both attractive in the garden or vase. Prefers well-drained soils in full sun. It can also tolerate dry, poor soils. Flowers Dec.-Feb. 75 seeds.

ABSINTHE WORMWOOD  - Artemisia absinthium

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. 500 seeds.

COMFREY - Symphytum officinale

A perennial valued for its herbal properties and as an activator in compost, helping other plant material decompose more quickly. The leaves and roots contain allantoin (a hormone-like substance that stimulates cell division) and have been used as an external poultice for bruises sprains and broken bones over centuries, hence the other common names of bruisewort, knitbone and boneset. 20 seeds.

MANUKA - Leptospermum scoparium

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

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.