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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
Brassica rapa

A Chinese specialty also known as purple choy sum. A quick and easy-to-grow Asian green producing lots of long, pencil-thin, red-purple flower stems. Use the leaf, flower buds and stems. A pleasing, mild mustard taste to use raw in salads or lightly cooked in stir-fries. Cold hardy, the purple colour intensifies as the temperature drops. Likes any fertile soil with added organic matter. Pick stems before flowering for continuous use. Treated seed (thiram). About 200 seeds.

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1 pkt
A$3.75
Botanical Name
Raphanus sativus

This stunning, zesty, radish has black skin and crisp white flesh. Offering large, round roots, it is more uniform, cold tolerant and bolt resistant than most other radishes. As it can be stored for up to 6 months in the soil over the cold months it is commonly used as a winter radish. We love this grated raw with a mild onion or drizzled with olive oil and black pepper. 100 seeds.

Organic
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 great sweet capsicum for those of us in cooler areas as it matures early and produces a large quantity of long sweet yellow fruit. This capsicum is a fabulous all rounder- stir fries, raw in salads, pickled or dried. 25 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
Phaseolus vulgaris

A colourful bean with cranberry and cream mottling on the pod and seed. The young stringless pods are edible. Or let the beans mature on plant, harvest and dry in warm airy spot out of the sun. Shell the dry seed and store in an airtight container for up to 2 years. Use dried beans in soups, Mexican dishes, homemade baked beans...endless recipes!! A bush bean to 50 cm. 30 seeds.

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$3.75
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