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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
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.

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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Cucurbita pepo

A nutritious pumpkin grown for the high oil & protein content of the seeds. The seeds, also known as pepita, have no outer casing so can easily be eaten raw, roasted, dried or pressed (for the oil). A good looking, prolific pumpkin with green & orange markings, weighs 5-8 kg. The flesh lacks flavour but can be used to feed the chooks or compost. 12 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
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Zea mays

A tough and unique heirloom variety. Not only does it have a dazzling array of kernel colours (oranges, golds, reds and purples) it is cold tolerant, early and uses less water than other corn! Grows to about 1.5 m and produces 2 cobs (20+ cm long) per plant. This nutritious corn can be eaten fresh, roasted or ground for flour to make flat bread, muffins, cakes. Also very ornamental.

Organic
Hierloom
Sunlight
Full
Lifespan
Annual
Harvest
80 Days
Climate
Cold
Temperate
Hot Arid
GermType
Warm germinating seeds
Sow Method
Direct or Transplant
Height
1.5 m
Spacing/Spread
40 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
Jan 1st to Dec 31st
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Capsicum annum

Blow your noodle with the world’s hottest chilli. This is one mean and ugly looking critter, only the most hard-core chilli heads!! A devilish red, wrinkled chilli averaging over 1.5 million Scoville Heat Units. Said to have a fruity flavour, but geez I dunno – it just feels like fried taste buds to me. A sub-tropical chilli that loves a warm/hot sheltered area. 20 seeds.

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 annum

One of the most popular chillis used in SE Asia. Also, one of the most popular grown varieties as the birdseye is relatively tough, prolific and has enough heat to keep the spice lovers happy. While not frost tolerant it handles the cool summers regions well. The ripe red chillis grow to 4cm x 1 cm. A versatile chilli that can be used raw, add to dishes while cooking, pickled or dried. 40 seeds.

Hierloom
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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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Bursaria spinosa

A hardy native tree or shrub (3-8m) of eastern and southern Australia (including Tas.). A prolific flowerer with sweetly scented creamy-white flowers borne in dense panicles, flowering around Christmas, hence another common name of Christmas bush. The fragrant flowers attract many insects and make a unique sweet honey. A hardy tree that can handle frost and drought. It also provides valuable habitat to native birds. 40 seeds.

Drought Resistant
Sunlight
Full
Frost Resilience
Frost Hardy
Lifespan
Perennial
Climate
Cold
Temperate
Tropics/SubTropics
GermType
Cold germinating seeds
Sow Method
Transplant
Sowing Instructions
Sow in deep pots to transplant later. Germination can be erratic (3-4 weeks of cold treatment at ~3oC) and can take 4-8 weeks. Transplant once seedlings are 10+cm.
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Jun 1st to Sep 30th
Temperate Climate Periods
May 1st to Sep 30th
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
May 1st to Jul 31st
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Phaseolus vulgaris

An heirloom (early 1800’s) that shows its age with the moniker it carries, which comes about due to the ease of harvest and was one of the first stringless beans. A climbing variety that is prolific, yielding delicious green beans over a long harvest period. Eat fresh or let mature on the plant to use as a dried white bean for a rich, creamy taste. Requires a trellis. 20 seeds.

Organic
Hierloom
Sunlight
Full
Frost Resilience
Tender
Lifespan
Annual
Climate
Cold
Temperate
Hot Arid
Tropics/SubTropics
Sow Method
Direct
Sowing Instructions
Soak seeds overnight before sowing direct to garden. Make sure frosts have past and the soil has warmed up.
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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A$3.50
Botanical Name
Phaseolus vulgaris

This prolific, climbing variety has straight, flat, purple pods up to 20cm long, turning green when cooked. A good type for cooler climates in small areas, where it will need a tall trellis or long poles to grow on. Beans want plenty of water and a sunny position and should be picked young and regularly to promote new flowers. 1 Packet = 80 seeds. Bulk seed available.
 

Organic
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
Nepeta cataria

An easy to grow evergreen perennial herb with aromatic, greyish-green leaves. Great for garden and path edges as it adds a soft touch to hard borders. The whitish or light lavender flowers bloom in summer. Cats love this hardy plant. The leaves are used in herbal tea and are said to be good for treating cold/flu symptoms. Dried leaves keep their scent & can be used in pot-pourri or as an insect repellent. Grows to 50cm. 150 seeds.

Sunlight
Full
Frost Resilience
Frost Hardy
Lifespan
Perennial
Sow Method
Transplant
Height
50 cm
Spacing/Spread
30 cm
Row Space
30 cm
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Feb 28th
Temperate Climate Periods
Aug 1st to Mar 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
May 1st to Jul 31st