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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 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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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Spinacea oleracea

An arrowhead leaf variety that originates in the Middle East so it has a greater level of heat tolerance than the English spinach cultivars, providing it with a longer season. The leaves have a similar flavour to normal spinach, a bit lighter green in colour. Leaves can be harvest young for tender baby spinach or full grown. Use raw or cooked. 80 seeds.

Organic
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Aug 1st to May 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Feb 1st to Aug 31st
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Capsicum annuum

A highly productive & early chilli that grows well outdoors in cooler southern summers. An abundance of chillies (to 15 cms) are produced on a strong bush. It’s a hot chilli with a good heat level when green. As it ripens to red the heat intensifies! While looking like a cayenne variety it has thick, juicy walls making it ideal to use fresh or for sauces. 10 seeds.

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

Early! The earliest. And probably the most delicious and ‘sweet’ of all varieties that are adapted to growing outdoors in cooler areas. Upright plants that yield early and heavily with red fruit by mid-February (immature fruits are yellow). 10 seeds.

Organic
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Nov 30th
Temperate Climate Periods
Aug 1st to Dec 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Jan 1st to Dec 31st
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Apium graveolens var. dulce

A 18th Century English variety with unique red stems. It is a hardier plant and stronger in flavour than today’s varieties. Some argue Red Stalk has the best flavour of all celeries. Leaves and stalks can be eaten raw or used in cooking where the colour is retained and the stronger flavour is fully released. 200 seeds.

Hierloom
Sunlight
Full
Frost Resilience
Frost Hardy
Harvest
100 Days
Climate
Cold
Temperate
Hot Arid
Tropics/SubTropics
Sow Method
Direct or Transplant
Sowing Instructions
Sow direct or in pots to transplant later. Celery can be tricky to get going as seed is very fine, it is slow to germinate and seedling growth is slow (making them easy targets for slugs and snails). Keep moist, do not let seed dry out. Grows well in full sun with plenty of compost. Keep well watered.
Spacing/Spread
50 cm
Row Space
60 cm
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Dec 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Jan 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Feb 1st to Oct 31st
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A$3.50
Botanical Name
Pisum sativum

A heavy yielding heirloom that grows to 2 m high and produces fine tasting sweet, juicy peas. A great cool weather crop. Requires a trellis or staking. 1 Pkt = 100 seeds. Bulk seed available.

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Aug 1st to Oct 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Mar 1st to Aug 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Mar 1st to Jun 30th
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A$3.50
Botanical Name
Pisum sativum macrocarpon

This very tall, climbing Snow Pea is a reliable, prolific producer of juicy, sweet 10cm long pods. Grown on a trellis or net these white flowering, climbing peas are a good variety for small areas and childrens’ vegetable gardens. Peas need well drained, limed soil and should be watered well over the summer months. They grow easily in cooler climates and will improve your garden soil. 1 Packet = 80 seeds. 








 

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Aug 1st to Oct 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Mar 1st to Aug 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Mar 1st to Jun 30th
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A$3.50
Botanical Name
Phaseolus vulgaris

The classic French round, stringless beans to 15 cm long. A bush variety with green pods with purple seeds are tasty with a great crunch, eat them raw or cooked. This variety grows to 50cm, yields well and has good disease resistance. Pick young pods regularly to promote a longer harvest. 1 Packet = 80 Seeds. 

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Oct 1st to Dec 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Feb 28th
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Jan 1st to Dec 31st
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Pisum sativum var. arvense

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



 

Organic
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Aug 1st to Oct 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Mar 1st to Aug 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Mar 1st to Jun 30th
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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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A$3.50
Botanical Name
Allium ascalonicum

A true French shallot that is prized in French cooking for their excellent flavour. Used raw for flavouring red meat or salads; cooked in soups, stews and other ‘slow’ dishes; or simply pickled. Does not like wet ground, so raise beds and do not add too much manure/compost. Treated seed. 1 Packet = 200 seeds. Bulk seed available. Approx. 260 seeds per gram.