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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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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.
 

Tall Speedwell 'Blue & White' - Veronica longifolia 'Blue & White'
Tall Speedwell 'Blue & White'

A beautiful cottage garden plant with clear blue and white flower spikes on tall, one metre stems with slightly toothed, dark green leaves. It has a long flowering period over summer. Cut old stems back to ground level to encourage reblooming. This perennial needs organically rich soil and plenty of sun. 100 seeds/No.1/

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.

Tibetan Blue Poppy - Meconopsis betonicifolia
Tibetan Blue Poppy

This stunning Himalayan perennial produces large, sky-blue, papery flowers with prominent yellow stamens. The oblong, matt-green, basal foliage is deciduous and requires partial shade. Needs constantly moist, fertile soil, free of lime and protection from hot weather. Recommended for cool/cold areas only. 35 seeds.

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.

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.

FEVERFEW - Chrysanthemum parthenium
FEVERFEW

A strongly aromatic annual to perennial herb with daisy like, pretty white flower petals and yellow centres. Produces over a long period in summer and autumn. A frost hardy plant for a sunny border with average soil. 200 seeds/No.1/. Not to WA.

SAVORY Winter - Satureja montana
SAVORY Winter

This perennial herb has a great peppery taste, adding spice to bean, pea, cabbage and heavy meat dishes. A low growing shrub to around 50 cm, the leaves are narrow, aromatic and peppery enough to use as a pepper substitute. It makes an attractive border plant with small white flowers that are attractive to bees. It is frost hardy, prefering full sun and a range of soils. Medicinally it has been used in the past for indigestion, diarrhea and as an aphrodisiac!! 400 seeds.
 

Arnica - Arnica montana
Arnica

A hardy perennial herb with a long history of use in herbal medicine, where it is used externally to treat bruises, strains and sprains. It acts as an anti-inflammatory and increases local blood flow to accelerate healing. An erect, clumping herb that grows to 50cm with an abundance of 5cm yellow ray flowers from December to March. Grows in a range of soils, including rock gardens. Best in temperate to cold climates or at altitude, keep out of extreme heat. 50 seeds.

 

French Marigold - Tagetes patula
French Marigold

A happy and hardy annual that is easy and fast to grow, bringing colour and beneficial insects to the garden. The petals of the bright yellow and oranges flowers are edible, having a citrus taste. Plant amongst vegies as the leaf helps to repel whitefly while the flowers attract bees, butterflies. Secretions from the root also have an insecticidal effect on nematodes in the soil and is effective as a green manure for this purpose. 70 seeds.

PEAS - SNOW PEA 'Yukomo Giant' - Pisum sativum macrocarpon
PEAS - SNOW PEA 'Yukomo Giant'

Large and very wide, sweet tasting pods to be picked early while still flat. A strong climber with purple-pink flowers and heavy yields. Best grown from early spring to late summer in well drained soil and full sun, along a trellis with 10 cm between the plants. 1 packet = 30 seeds.

 

Zucchini ‘Black Beauty’  - Cucurbita pepo
Zucchini ‘Black Beauty’

The classic zucchini that produces a high yields and has a robust, upright growing habit that allows easy picking. ‘Black Beauty’ is a very dark green, glossy skinned variety with creamy, white flesh. It produces fruit over a long period. 30 seeds.

MOUNTAIN MINT - Calamintha nepeta
MOUNTAIN MINT

Mountain mint is a clumping/bushy plant to 50 cm that has very aromatic, spicy leaves and flowers. Originally used as a medicinal, tea and culinary herb it is now also valued for its ornamental attributes as it is attractive and long flowering. It produces many small lilac to white airy flowers all summer until late autumn. A hardy perennial that flowers in its first year. The flowers attract bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects. A tough plant that prefers well drained soil. 200 seeds.