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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
Cucumis sativas

Ideal for slicing, this popular cucumber has a lovely, dark green skin. Bears later than most, but yields well, has a long picking time and is famously disease resistant. 20 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
Brassica rapa

Forget your prejudice against turnips. This variety tastes better and stays smoother as it sizes, while other turnips get a coarser flesh. This variety is superb raw, with a crisp, sweet, fruity taste. We eat it raw in salads or cooked in stir fries, pies and stew. Also adds a good flavour to stock. Hakurei has white, flat-round, smooth roots that matures, best harvested young, 5-8cm diam. The dark green leaves can be eaten raw or lightly cooked. 60 seeds.

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Mar 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Apr 30th
Sep 1st to Apr 30th
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Aug 1st to May 30th
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Raphanus sativus

A colourful range of round, crisp salad radishes. These mild radish have white flesh and skin colours of red, purple and white, making any radish dish a delight to the eye and taste buds. Great raw in salads or lightly stir-fried with olive oil, sea salt and parsley. 100 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$4.20
Botanical Name
Brassica oleracea var. italica

A great variety that has been trusted over many years. In cooler climates it makes for a great autumn/early winter harvest; in warmer climates it is best overwintered and spring harvested. Tasty heads with secondary shoots appearing after the harvest of the main head. 30 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
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Agastache mexicana 'Sangria'

A bold and fun plant with brilliant spikes of red-purple whorled flowers. The leaves add a nice twist as they are lemon scented and can be brewed as a herbal tea (or to flavour your sangria!). The flowers can be used as long-lasting cut flowers, with the leaves providing a refreshing addition. Drought tolerant once established. Not to WA. 40 seeds.

 

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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Ocimum basilicum

A basil that is used in Thai and Italian cooking. Good sized leaves that are highly aromatic with a licorice-basil aroma. An attractive basil with bright green leaves and reddish-purple stems, grows to 60-80 cm. Can be sown direct to garden or makes a great container plant. 300 Seeds.

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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Capsicum annuum

This spicy to hot chilli produces 10-15cm long, thin, tapered, dark red fruit. An adaptable variety also good in cooler climates or for pots. For a protected, warm position with plenty of sunshine and fertile, moist soil. Not to WA. 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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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Beta vulgaris 'Rainbow Chard'

Richly coloured stems in red, yellow and pink shades make Rainbow Chard or silverbeet highly ornamental but also very tasty. A vigorous grower, often perennial, which needs good drainage, fertile soil and plenty of space. 40 seeds

Organic
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Feb 27th
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Mar 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 basil with a distinct cinnamon aftertaste. Olive green leaves with attractive purple growing tips and rose-pink flowers. Use as you would sweet basil in salads, pasta, pizza and tomato dishes. In a sunny, sheltered position it will happily grow to 70 cm. Sow direct to garden or grow as a pot plant.

Sunlight
Full
Frost Resilience
Tender
Lifespan
Annual
Harvest
60 Days
Climate
Cold
Temperate
Hot Arid
Tropics/SubTropics
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
0.7 m
Spacing/Spread
0.3 m
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Dec 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 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
Cucumis melo var. flexuosus

An unusual vegetable in that it tastes and looks like a cucumber but is actually a muskmelon. Also known as snake cucumber as can get to over 80 cm long but best picked at about 30 cm. Pale skin with longitudinal ribs. Eat skin and all as the skin is not bitter. An unusual variety with a delicious refreshing flavour. 20 seeds.

Sunlight
Full
Climate
Cold
Temperate
Hot Arid
Tropics/SubTropics
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