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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
Vicia faba

This old English variety has very attractive, scarlet purple bean seeds and green bean pods on 1m tall stems with white flowers. Very young pods can be eaten whole (cooked) or later during summer the medium sized bean inside can be cooked. Broad Beans are one of the earliest crops to mature in cool, temperate climates. 15 seeds. Not to WA.

Organic
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Apr 1st to Aug 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Mar 1st to Jul 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Mar 1st to Jun 30th
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1 pkt
A$3.75
Botanical Name
Diplotaxis tenuifolia

This perennial Rocket is evergreen with very serrated, spicy, nut flavoured leaves, which can be picked over the whole year. In early summer it will produce many yellow flowers and often self seeds. Belonging to the Brassica family this frost hardy plant wants a sunny position with friable garden soil and can withstand hotter conditions over summer. About 400 seeds/pkt.
 

Organic
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Feb 1st to Apr 30th
Aug 1st to Oct 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Mar 1st to Oct 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Apr 1st to Jul 31st
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1 pkt
A$3.95
Botanical Name
Allium cepa

These large, dark-red skinned, globe-shaped onions are an excellent, good-yielding, winter crop, best suited to cooler climates. Stores for 5 months. Onions are high in vitamin C, iron, sulphur and fibre. Red onions add colour and flavour to cooked dishes, as well as served raw in sandwiches and salads. 1 Packet = 200 Seeds.

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1 pkt
A$3.75
Botanical Name
Lathyrus tingitanus ‘Roseus’

A gorgeous climbing annual pea that is as easy to grow as it cousin, the traditional sweet pea. A rarer plant than its cousin, this pea has graceful coral pink flowers with a deep rose centre (without a scent). A long-lasting cut flower. Grow on a trellis, against a wall/fence, in a hanging basket or used as a ground cover. Native to southern Europe and north Africa. 12 seeds.

Lifespan
Annual
Climate
Cold
Temperate
Hot Arid
Tropics/SubTropics
Sowing Instructions
Soak seeds overnight and sow direct to garden or in pots to transplant later. If you have severe frosts (<-5˚C) start indoors. Cover the seeds and keep moist. Pinch leader when 20cm tall for more flowers. Harvest flowers to increase bloom period.
Height
2 m
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Mar 1st to May 30th
Aug 1st to Oct 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Mar 15th to Jul 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Mar 18th to Jun 30th
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1 pkt
A$3.75
Botanical Name
Xerochrysum bracteatum

A bright yellow/golden everlasting flower that lightens any garden from late spring to autumn. A native Australian plant with widespread distribution. A hardy, short-lived perennial that can handle a range of soils and shows some drought and salt tolerance. The greyish-green leaves are attractive and evergreen through winter. 80 seeds. Not to WA.
 

Sunlight
Full
Frost Resilience
Frost Hardy
Lifespan
Perennial
Climate
Cold
Temperate
Hot Arid
Tropics/SubTropics
Sow Method
Direct or Transplant
Sowing Instructions
Raise in trays or sow direct to garden. Do not cover seeds but press onto soil to ensure good contact. Light can aid germination. Keep moist, will germinate within 3 weeks at soil temperature of 18-24OC.
Height
1 m
Spacing/Spread
0.5 m
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Oct 1st to Mar 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Apr 30th
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Mar 1st to Aug 31st
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1 pkt
A$3.75
Botanical Name
Dactylis glomerata

A great tonic for cats that has many essential vitamens and minerals for them. Cats are naturally attracted to this fast growing grass (especially the younger shoots) that aids their digestion and fur ball elimination. Easy to grow. Grows to a height of 45 cm and can handle part shade. 2,000 seeds.

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1 pkt
A$3.75
Botanical Name
Ocimum tenuiflorum (syn. sanctum)

Considered a holy or sacred plant in India, where it graces homes and shrines, and has been used over the centuries as a medicinal, culinary and tea herb. The leaves are very aromatic, a complex spicy scent. This variety has green leaves. A perennial in the tropics, grown as an annual in cooler areas. 300 seeds.

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1 pkt
A$3.75
Botanical Name
Isatis tinctoria

Dyers woad is an ancient plant from Europe and Asia that has had many uses over the centuries. As the name suggests, it is a natural source of blue dye, famously used as body paint by the Celts and Scots (remember Braveheart). The leaves are a source of indigotin. While also used for dyes and paint it has a history of use in traditional medicine. A biennial, yellow flowering plant from the Brassicaceae family. 25 seeds.

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A$3.75
Botanical Name
Allium cepa

A brown, sweet onion with superb flavour, a ‘flattened globe’ shape and light-brown skin. A unique, truly sweet, Grano-style onion with low pungency and high sugar content. Perfect for barbequing. Stores up to 2 months. Onions are high in vitamin C, iron, sulphur and fibre. 1 Packet = 200 seeds.  (230 seeds/gram).

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1 pkt
A$3.75
Botanical Name
Cichorium intybus

Also known as Italian dandelion. A high yielding super tasty chicory with long, slender deeply cut leaves & white mid-ribs. A pleasant bitter European green that is a must for any Mesclun mix or Italian salad, also tasty lightly steamed. An essential salad green all year round as it handles light frost & has some drought tolerance. Reputed to help detox the liver when cleansing. Harvest young or full sized leaves as needed. 400 seeds.

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