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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 (flower seed) that bring colour, fragrance and habitat to the garden. Southern Harvest supplies you with quality flower garden, native and vegetable and herb packet seed, with speedy service and advice.

Starting in 2008 and 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 children, 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. So check out our range of tomatoes, lettuce, beans, peas .......

Order your seeds through our online store or see one of the many nurseries and botanical gardens stocking our seed to purchase/buy locally.

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We send our seed to all states of Australia. WA customers please see the Quarantine page.

 

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1 pkt
A$3.75
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). 25 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$3.75
Botanical Name
Brassica oleracea alboglabra

Take your Asian stir-fries and soups to another level with this thick-stemmed Chinese broccoli. ‘Jade’ is a slow bolting variety with large green leaves and fleshy stems. Young flower buds can also be harvested and used in your meals. Pick stems before flowering for continuous use. Used extensively in SE Asia where it is also known as Chinese kale, gai lum, gai lan, kol, kai lan, phak khana, cai ro. 250 seeds.

Frost Resilience
Frost Hardy
Harvest
35 Days
Climate
Cold
Temperate
Hot Arid
Tropics/SubTropics
Sowing Instructions
Sow direct into soil & keep moist. Sow every 2-3 weeks for continuous harvest. Pull plants for compost/chooks once flowers open.
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Aug 1st to Apr 30th
Temperate Climate Periods
Aug 1st to May 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Jan 1st to Dec 31st
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1 pkt
A$3.90
Botanical Name
Cichorium intybus

Our favourite radicchio due to its ability to grow happily all year and being a more mild in flavour than the traditional varieties. The speckled, wavey leaves look great and have a mildly bitter flavour that makes them a great addition to salads, or use in the traditional way.  Pick the young leaves when required or let it mature to a loose head for a single cut. These hardy, deep-rooting plants need an open position, but are not about soil.

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Aug 1st to Mar 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Mar 1st to Sep 30th
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Mar 1st to Jul 31st
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1 pkt
A$3.75
Botanical Name
Lactuca sativa

‘Little Gem’ is a small compact cos-butterhead style lettuce. It is a quick maturing variety with a firm, sweet heart, blanched leaves inside and crisp green leaves on the outside. A favourite for home gardeners in small spaces and containers or for intercropping between large, perennial vegetables. Great for Caesar salads. 500 seeds.

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
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1 pkt
A$3.75
Botanical Name
Daviesia latifolia

An attractive shrub (2 m x 1.5 m) that produces loose heads of bright yellow and brownish-orange pea flowers that are an excellent nectar source for native birds, bees, insects and butterfly. A great screening plant that can be pruned to shape. Handles a range of well-drained soils. Frost, drought and wind hardy. Handles full sun and part shade. 30 seeds.

Drought Resistant
Frost Resilience
Frost Hardy
Lifespan
Perennial
Climate
Cold
Temperate
Hot Arid
Tropics/SubTropics
GermType
Hot water treatment
Germination Period (days)
35
Sow Method
Transplant
Sowing Instructions
To break dormancy soak seed in near-boiling water for about 30 seconds, before cooling rapidly under flowing cold water. Sow into a pot, cover seed with 3-5 mm of potting mix. Transplant into position when plant 10+ cm. Germinates in 3-6 weeks.
Height
2 m
Spacing/Spread
1 m
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Nov 30th
Mar 1st to Apr 30th
Temperate Climate Periods
Aug 1st to Nov 30th
Apr 1st to Apr 30th
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Apr 1st to Aug 31st
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1 pkt
A$3.75
Botanical Name
Lycopersicon esculentum

A deep orange heirloom tomato with low acid content that grows to 10 cm. Reportedly the seeds were given to brides in Nebraska as a gift as the plants were able to handle the cold, windy environment. A good looking globe tomato that will add colour to any salad and holds well into autumn. 30 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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A$3.75
Botanical Name
Zea mays

An impressive popping corn with amazing steely-blue kernels. Traditionally grown by the Hopi of SW America, it’s a productive variety yielding 4-6 cobs per plant (to 12 cm long). Also used for fine or coarse grinding, where the flavour and blue speckles add interest when mixed with ingredients and used in cookies, polenta etc. A rustic decorator around the house. Not to WA. 40 seeds.

Organic
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$3.75
Botanical Name
Centaurea montana

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/

Frost Resilience
Frost Hardy
Lifespan
Perennial
Sow Method
Direct or Transplant
Sowing Instructions
Best sown in spring and late summer. Raise in trays to transplant later or sow direct into garden position. Cover seeds thinly, keep moist and warm, about 17-20˚C. Take 2-4 weeks to germinate.
Height
0.6 m
Spacing/Spread
0.6 m
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Jul 1st to Sep 30th
Apr 1st to May 30th
Temperate Climate Periods
Apr 1st to Aug 30th
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1 pkt
A$3.75
Botanical Name
Dorotheanthus bellidiformis

These ground-covering plants form large, evergreen carpets with a spectacular flowering display in summer. Vibrant colours range from white, pink, red, lemon to apricot with petals only opening on a sunny day. A heat and drought tolerant, succulent annual for full sun with good drainage. Excellent for mass displays or smaller pots. 200 seeds. No. 1.

Drought Resistant
Frost Resilience
Tender
Lifespan
Annual
Sowing Instructions
Sow seed in pots to transplant later or sow direct once the threat of frost has passed. Cover seeds thinly, keep moist at 15 to 20˚C. Will germinate in 4 weeks. Slugs and snails can severely damage this plant.
Height
0.2 m
Spacing/Spread
0.3 m
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Jan 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$3.75
Botanical Name
Dierama pulcherium 'Mixed'

An unusual South African perennial with strap like foliage and 1.5m tall arching stems with long tassels of bell shaped, papery, pink, clear white and deep red flowers in the early summer months. These marginally frost hardy plants need well drained , fertile soil and a sunny position. 15 seeds/No.3/

Drought Resistant
Frost Resilience
Frost Hardy
Lifespan
Perennial
GermType
Long germinating seeds
Sow Method
Transplant
Sowing Instructions
Requires light to germinate (not direct sunlight though) so surface sow into trays and press into soil to ensure good contact. Keep moist and at about 17-20˚C. Can take up to 2 months to germinate.
Height
1.5 m
Spacing/Spread
0.6 m
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Mar 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Mar 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Mar 1st to Aug 31st