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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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Hyssop - Hyssopus officinalis
Hyssop

A versatile evergreen perennial that can be used in the ornamental garden while used as a culinary and medicinal herb. Leaves are aromatic and have a flavour like a sage-mint cross. Leaves can be eaten raw, used in salads and soups or to make a pleasant flavoured tea. Flowers can also be used in salads. Grows to 50cm, prefers well drained soil. A strong bee/insect attractor with blue flowers in summer. 100 seeds.

Oswego Tea / Bee-Balm - Monarda didyma
Oswego Tea / Bee-Balm

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.

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.

Cerise Yarrow - Achillea millefolium ‘Cerise Queen’
Cerise Yarrow

With attractive fern-like leaves and purple-red-rose umbellifer flowers this mat-forming perennial adds colour and texture to gardens. Very attractive silver-green, scented foliage. Moderately wind and salt tolerant. A great long lasting cut flower that can also dried. To prolong flowering cut flowers for indoors or deadhead. Some variability in colour. 200 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.

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. 150 seeds.

BEAN - BROAD ‘Crimson Flowering’ - Vicia faba
BEAN - BROAD ‘Crimson Flowering’

This very unusual, crimson flowering bean is a highly decorative plant blooming for many weeks in spring. In early summer the 1m tall stems have many green pods with light green beans inside. Very young green pods can be eaten whole (cooked) or later during summer the medium sized bean inside can be cooked. Broad Beans are one of the earliest crops to mature in cool, temperate climates. 10 seeds. Not to WA.

 

TOMATO 'KOTLAS' - Lycopersicon esculentum
TOMATO 'KOTLAS'

An early , staking type with medium sized, round, red fruit. Very cold tolerant, potato leafed heirloom variety, also setting fruit in cooler weather and resistant to tomato blight, giving it a long season. It even produced large numbers of fruit thorough the cold summer of 2008-09 when many other varieties failed!! 25 seeds

RUSSELL LUPINS - Lupinus 'Carnival Mixture'
RUSSELL LUPINS

A colourful lupin mixture of large flowering spikes during the first year in pure creamy white, burgundy, yellow, blue and multi-coloured combinations. These striking 100 - 120 cm tall pioneer plants do well in poor, light soils and will bloom from spring to mid-summer requiring extra watering during dry periods. For full sun to semi-shade with no extra fertiliser or lime. 25 seeds/No.8/

POPPY ~ Peony ‘Black’  - Papaver paeoniflorum 'Black'
POPPY ~ Peony ‘Black’

A dark and stunning double for the garden that when in full bloom will even get the gnomes talking. A deep, deep red/burgundy that is almost black. Popular and easy to grow. Seed heads can be dried and used in flower arrangements. Prefers full sun and well drained soil. Self seeds but crosses with other varieties, throwing interesting hybrids. Grows to 90 cm. 1,000 seeds. Not to WA.

Nasturtium ‘Jewel Peach Melba’ - Tropaeolum nanum
Nasturtium ‘Jewel Peach Melba’

Jewel Peach Melba is gorgeous variety with semi-double, creamy yellow flowers (to 5 cm) with red centres. It is a dwarf, bushy annual that flowers from summer-autumn. Flowers, leaves and young seed pods are a spicy addition to fresh salads. A frost tender annual that readily self seeds.

BLACK CORAL PEA - Kennedia nigricans
BLACK CORAL PEA

This slightly frost-tender evergreen climber has very attractive, unusual black and yellow pea flowers in spring and summer. A bird attracting, fast growing species, which can cover large areas in a short time, ideal for embankments. Cut back after flowering to promote dense habit. For a sunny position in well drained soil. Salt tolerant. Not to WA. 30 seeds/No.5/

Carrot ‘All Seasons’ - Daucas carota ssp. Sativus
Carrot ‘All Seasons’

A carrot for all the seasons! A popular orange variety that grows to 22 cm long, with a tapered end. Large, crunchy and full of flavour – just what you want from any home grown carrot. For winter eating sow in late summer or early autumn in a well-drained soil/position to prevent the roots cracking. Has good disease resistance. 800 seeds.

QUEEN ANNE'S LACE - Ammi majus
QUEEN ANNE'S LACE

A beautiful annual cut flower with 1m tall umbels covered in numerous small white flowers and basal, ferny leaves. It needs a sheltered, but sunny position with average, but quite moist soil. Cut flowers regularly to promote regrowth. Often self seeds. 250 seeds/No.2/

MEXICAN MARIGOLD - Tagetes lemonii
MEXICAN MARIGOLD

One of the happiest bushy perennials you will come across. It is covered in golden-orange marigold flowers most of the year and the light-green leaves release a sweet, passionfruit scent when brushed up against or the breeze catches the bush. It grows to 1.5 metres, is ideal for cottage gardens and rockeries, needs a warm, sheltered position with plenty of sun. Handles a very light frost. 50 seeds.

PERENNIAL CORNFLOWER - Centaurea montana
PERENNIAL CORNFLOWER

An old fashioned cottage garden plant with large dark blue, feathery flowers from spring until autumn on 50 cm tall stems and healthy blue-green leaves covered in silver hairs. A beautiful cut flower which grows well in fertile soil in full sun or part shade. 20 seeds/No.1/