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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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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Clianthus puniceus

This unusual species from New Zealand is related to the Sturt Desert Pea. An evergreen shrub or scrambling climber with attractive deep pink/red, clustered pea flowers in spring. A moderately frost hardy evergreen plant best grown in full sun to semi shade in average garden soil. Prune back regularly. 12 seeds/No.8/

Sunlight
Part
Frost Resilience
Frost Hardy
Lifespan
Perennial
Climate
Cold
Temperate
Tropics/SubTropics
Sow Method
Transplant
Sowing Instructions
To shorten germination period use sandpaper/nail file to slightly damage these hard-shelled seeds, leave in water overnight to swell. Sow into pots, keep moist and warm (15-20˚C). Seedlings are frost tender and dislike overwatering. Transplant when you have 6-8 true leaves (protect seedlings from slugs).
Height
2 m
Spacing/Spread
1.5 m
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Jan 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
Pycnosorus globosus

A popular Australian native perennial with long-stemmed, golden globe flowers rising above narrow woolly grey-green leaves. It is long flowering through spring and summer and attracts a range of beneficial insects. It prefers a moist, well-drained soil but is also pretty tough, handling some dry periods, coastal area and frost. A low maintenance plant for gardens, rockeries, pots and courtyards. Great as a cut or dried flower. 40 seeds.

Drought Resistant
Sunlight
Full
Frost Resilience
Frost Hardy
Lifespan
Perennial
GermType
Fast germinating seeds
Germination Period (days)
21
Sow Method
Transplant
Sowing Instructions
Sow seed to a depth of 3-5 mm in trays/cells for transplanting later. Keep moist and warm (20oC+). Germinates in 14-21 days. Transplant when at least 6-10 leaves present.
Height
50 cm
Spacing/Spread
30 cm
Row Space
30 cm
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Jan 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
Pycnosorus globosus

A popular Australian native perennial with long stemmed, golden globe flowers rising above narrow woolly grey-green leaves. It is long flowering through spring and summer and attracts a range of beneficial insects. It prefers a moist, well-drained soil but is also pretty tough, handling some dry periods, coastal area and frost. A low maintenance plant for gardens, rockeries, pots and courtyards. Great as a cut or dried flower. 40 seeds.

Drought Resistant
Sunlight
Full
Frost Resilience
Frost Hardy
Lifespan
Perennial
Climate
Cold
Temperate
Hot Arid
Tropics/SubTropics
GermType
Fast germinating seeds
Germination Period (days)
21
Sow Method
Transplant
Sowing Instructions
Sow seed to a depth of 3-5 mm in trays/cells for transplanting later. Keep moist and warm (20oC+). Germinates in 14-21 days. Transplant when at least 6-10 leaves present.
Height
50 cm
Spacing/Spread
30 cm
Row Space
30 cm
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Jan 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Feb 28th
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Feb 1st to Dec 31st
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Ocimum basilicum

A dwarf, compact basil variety. It makes an ideal pot basil to sit in a sunny position on the kitchen bench for a quick and easy harvest. Growing to 20 cm it makes a great annual option as a border plant along paths in the kitchen garden; or in a windy spot where the larger basils can cop a hard time. It has a classic basil flavour. 300 seeds.

Sunlight
Full
Harvest
60 Days
Sow Method
Direct or Transplant
Sowing Instructions
Sow direct when soil and weather is warm enough. In cooler areas sow indoors in trays to transplant once frosts passed and soil and weather warmed. Keeps seeds moist and warm (22˚C). Basil seeds need light to germinate. Very frost sensitive.
Height
20 cm
Spacing/Spread
20 m
Row Space
20 m
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Dec 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 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
Ocimum basilicum​​​​​​​

A spicy yet sweet tasting basil that is also used for its flowers. Not only do the leaves and flowers have a culinary use this variety has been bred with long sturdy purple stems for use as a cut flower. The dark purple flower bracts, bi-colour purple & green foliage and cinnamon scent provide an interesting contribution to a bouquet. 200 seeds.

Organic
Sunlight
Full
Frost Resilience
Tender
Lifespan
Annual
Harvest
60 Days
Sow Method
Direct or Transplant
Sowing Instructions
Sow direct when soil and weather is warm enough. In cooler areas sow indoors in trays to transplant once frosts passed and soil and weather warmed. Keeps seeds moist and warm (22˚C). Basil seeds need light to germinate. Very frost sensitive.
Height
50 cm
Spacing/Spread
40 cm
Row Space
30 cm
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Dec 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 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
Verbascum chaixii f. album

A bold, vertical perennial baring a mass of white flowers with purple stamens and centres in summer. A good cut flower and RHS award winner. Prefers well drained soil, dislikes wet heavy soils. Tolerates frost and drought once established. Provides a good supply of food to honey-bees. About 150 seeds. No. 1.
 

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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Allium porrum

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.

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

A South African favourite due to its delicate sweet flavour. These bushes are hugely productive, with some yielding up to over 20 cricket ball sized fruit. Harvest in autumn when the skin toughens. Store in a dry, dark cool spot for up to three months. Boil, bake or steam – delicious with butter. 10 seeds.
 

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Nov 30th
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Jan 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Jan 1st to Dec 31st
Image
1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Ocimum basilicum​​​​​​​

A spicy yet sweet tasting basil that is also used for its flowers. Not only do the leaves and flowers have a culinary use this variety has been bred with long sturdy purple stems for use as a cut flower. The dark purple flower bracts, bi-colour purple & green foliage and cinnamon scent provide an interesting contribution to a bouquet. 200 seeds.

Organic
Sunlight
Full
Frost Resilience
Tender
Lifespan
Annual
Sow Method
Direct or Transplant
Sowing Instructions
Sow direct when soil and weather is warm enough. In cooler areas sow indoors in trays to transplant once frosts passed and soil and weather warmed. Keeps seeds moist and warm (22˚C). Basil seeds need light to germinate. Very frost-sensitive.
Height
50 cm
Spacing/Spread
40 cm
Row Space
40 cm
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Dec 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Jan 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Jan 1st to Dec 31st
Image
1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Lactuca sativa

A loose leaf lettuce with very attractive, deeply serrated and healthy green leaves. This ‘Cutting’ lettuce can be cut whole about 3cm above the stem or the leaves can be picked individually. In both cases they will regrow. Do not overfeed lettuces, but keep them well watered over summer. 800 seeds

Organic
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Aug 1st to Mar 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Aug 1st to May 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Jan 1st to Dec 31st