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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 cottage 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
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$3.90
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
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$3.75
Botanical Name
Phaseolus coccineus ‘Alba’

An unusual variety of ‘seven year’ runner bean. Similar to the scarlet runner except with beautiful white flowers and beans. The preferred runner bean grown in The Netherlands due to the thick, succulent tender pods, which are delicious when picked young and eaten raw, steamed or in soup. Shell, pod and dry mature beans for storage and use like lima beans in soups or salads. 10 seeds.

Organic
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Oct 15th to Dec 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 15th to Feb 28th
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1 pkt
A$3.75
Botanical Name
Daucus carota var. sativus

Great flavour and unique looking. This purple skinned and orange flesh carrot is beautiful raw or cooked (especially steamed) with its sweet and slight peppery flavour. Harvest early for baby carrots or let mature for a full grown root to 15-20 cm long. 500 seeds.

Organic
Hierloom
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Mar 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 1st to May 30th
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Feb 1st to Nov 30th
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1 pkt
A$3.75
Botanical Name
Brassica rapa ssp. chinensis

Also called Bok Choi in Cantonese these delicious chinese vegetables form tight rosettes of deep green leaves with broad white, crisp stalks. A fast growing annual for the warmer months, best suited to fertile soil with plenty of watering, it will be ready to eat in five weeks. Great for stir frying. Treated seed (thiram). 500 seeds



 

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1 pkt
A$3.75
Botanical Name
Raphanus sativus

Ready to harvest in just 25-30 days, these are perfect for impatient, junior gardeners! These long radishes, with scarlet skins and white, blunt tips, have crispy white flesh and an excellent flavour. Great raw in salads and in chutneys. Harvest promptly as radish does not retain good eating quality after reaching full size. Treated seed (thiram). 200 seeds.

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Aug 1st to Mar 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Jan 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
Capsicum annuum

A medium-hot chilli that is early to ripen in cooler areas. It is 200 mm long, 20-25 mm diameter at top, pointed and usually not straight but with twists. Can be cut in chunks and put in stir-fries to spice them up. Ripest and hottest when the chilli is red. Early to ripen. Not to WA. 15 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.

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Aug 1st to Feb 27th
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Apr 30th
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Feb 1st to Jun 30th