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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 also grow organic garlic that we sell through Salamanca Market or over the internet. 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!

WA customers please see the Quarantine page.

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
Zea mays

A classic tasting open pollinated yellow corn, retaining the old-fashioned ‘corny’ flavour rather than the super sweet hybrids of today. Two - three cobs on 1.8m plants that can be eaten steamed, boiled or BBQ’d (our favourite drizzled with a buttery, lime, chilli sauce). Sweet corn always tastes best when eaten within a couple of hours of harvest. 30 seeds. Not to WA.

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$3.50
Botanical Name
Lagenaria siceraria

A very popular ornamental gourd, used for decorating, craft and making into kids money boxes (to put all their pocket money earned from working in the garden  :  ).

Grows to 10-15 cm in length, with a waist in the middle to provide the bottle shape. 10 seeds.

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Nov 30th
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$3.50
Botanical Name
Amaranthus caudatus 'Red'

This old fashioned plant has very unusual drooping, 80cm long, deep red flower tassels over summer and autumn. An annual that provides dramatic structure to a bed. Easily grown in a sunny, even hot and dry position with average soil. Self seeds. 500 seeds/No.1/

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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Pisum sativum var. sativum

These popular peas are perfect for junior gardeners. Easy to grow with stringless, succulent, sweet pods that can be gobbled straight from the plant. A high yielding plant with pods that grow to 7-8 cm long. This variety grows to 1.5 m high when trellised. Peas need well-drained, limed soil. Grows well in cool climates and improves soil. 1 Packet = 50 seeds. 


 

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Aug 1st to Oct 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Mar 1st to Aug 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Mar 1st to Jun 30th
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Brassica oleracea L. var. Acephala

A mighty fine, nutritious kale that handles multiple harvests. High yielding with frilled and feathered leaves, it is considered a cousin to the ‘Red Russian’ variety. Young leaves are particularly sweet and can be added raw to salads.  Holds well through winter with frost and snow improving its flavour, sweetening the leaves further.  Use fresh, in pies, stocks, steamed with lemon juice and pepper or add to your green smoothie. 500 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
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Pastinaca sativa

An old Australian variety that is highly nutritious has a sweet flavour and a high yield. The taste improves harvested after the first frost, becoming sweeter with a nutty twist. Great roasted, in pies/pasties or soups. A very hardy and vigorous vegetable that is not really bothered by pests or disease. Fresh seed harvested Jan 2020. Not to WA. 300 seeds.
 

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Feb 27th
Temperate Climate Periods
Jul 1st to Mar 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Feb 1st to Aug 31st
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Glycine max

A soybean of excellent quality that can be used for green ‘edamame’, dried or for making soy milk and tofu. A high yielding variety that matures over a week earlier than other varieties.  The Japanese dish of edamame consists of immature soybeans in the pod steamed or boiled and served with salt. Soy beans also make an excellent summer green manure. 30 seeds. Not to WA.

Sunlight
Full
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Oct 1st to Nov 15th
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Nov 15th
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Oct 1st to Jan 15th
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A$3.50
Botanical Name
Eruca sativa

A delicious, spicy plant, with oak leaf shaped foliage, very popular in Mediterranean salad dishes. Keep picking the leaves to promote regrowth until they start flowering and let the plant self seed for the next harvest. This annual, frost hardy vegetable is easily grown over the cooler months and very good for inter-cropping with other plants. Bulk seed available at about 400 seeds/gram. 500 seeds/pkt.


 

Organic
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Aug 1st to Apr 30th
Temperate Climate Periods
Aug 1st to Jun 30th
Apr 1st to Jul 31st
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Allium porrum

A leek renowned for its flavour and long whitish-green cylindrical stems. Early to medium maturing that can be harvested through autumn and winter. Versatile in the kitchen with a mild sweet flavour. A very tall variety that allows plenty of stem for use in the kitchen. 400 seeds. Not to WA.

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Jan 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Aug 1st to Feb 27th
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Jan 1st to Mar 31st
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Pycnosorus globosus

A popular Australian native perennial with long stemmed, golden globe flowers rising above narrow woolly grey-green leaves. It is long flowering through spring and summer and attracts a range of beneficial insects. It prefers a moist, well-drained soil but is also pretty tough, handling some dry periods, coastal area and frost. A low maintenance plant for gardens, rockeries, pots and courtyards. Great as a cut or dried flower. 40 seeds.

Drought Resistant
Sunlight
Full
Frost Resilience
Frost Hardy
Lifespan
Perennial
Climate
Cold
Temperate
Hot Arid
Tropics/SubTropics
GermType
Fast germinating seeds
Germination Period (days)
21
Sow Method
Transplant
Sowing Instructions
Sow seed to a depth of 3-5 mm in trays/cells for transplanting later. Keep moist and warm (20oC+). Germinates in 14-21 days. Transplant when at least 6-10 leaves present.
Height
50 cm
Spacing/Spread
30 cm
Row Space
30 cm
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Jan 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Feb 28th
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Feb 1st to Dec 31st