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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!

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).

What's new or back in stock

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A$3.50
Botanical Name
Brassica oleraceae

Do not waste any of this plant!! Use the leaves, flower buds and thick succulent stems in stir fries, steamed, raw..... Used extensively in Asian cooking. Grows like broccoli but with smaller heads and much faster growing. After the first harvest many side shoots form allowing for an extended harvest period. 1 Pkt = 500 seeds.

Hierloom
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Papaver rhoeas

Easy to grow, these hardy, annual field poppies are a great addition to any garden, perfect for filling holes. Growing to 70 cm the delicate-looking single flowers look mesmerising in the breeze. Flowers through spring and summer in range of colours - red, pink, white, rose and crimson. The lobed foliage is grey-green. They prefer full sun and are ideal for deep containers or in well-drained, garden soil. Self-seeds. 500 seeds.

Sunlight
Full
Frost Resilience
Frost Hardy
Lifespan
Annual
Climate
Cold
Temperate
Tropics/SubTropics
GermType
Fast germinating seeds
Germination Period (days)
14
Sow Method
Direct
Sowing Instructions
Raise these fast germinating seeds direct into garden position. Sprinkle seed on soil and press firmly with a flat board. Keep moist and warm, about 18˚C.
Height
0.7 m
Spacing/Spread
0.3 m
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Apr 1st to Nov 30th
Temperate Climate Periods
May 1st to Oct 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Mar 1st to Jul 31st
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Daucus carota var. sativus

CARROT ‘Deep Purple’ F1 Daucus carota var. sativus

A carrot that is purple all the way to the core. Most other purple carrots have just purple skin or flesh, not this one it’s purple through and through. A sweet carrot that retains its colour though the cooking process. Beware though a purple carrot soup is a sight to behold!! Treated seed. 200 seeds.

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
1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Brassica oleracea (gemmifera group)

An heirloom brussel sprout that was the main commercial variety used until hybrids became the preferred varieties. A compact bush that produces sprouts 3-4 cm across over a long period. 400 seeds.
 

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Dec 1st to Jan 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Dec 1st to Apr 30th
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Feb 1st to May 30th
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Brassica oleracea (capitata group)

With round mid-sized heads this is the best mid-late red cabbage we have grown. The heads are dense and it keeps well once harvested. Can be grown for late summer or autumn harvest or if mild winters it will keep in the ground through winter to harvest when needed. Eat cooked or raw. 40 seeds.

Sunlight
Full
Frost Resilience
Frost Hardy
Climate
Cold
Temperate
Hot Arid
Tropics/SubTropics
Sow Method
Direct or Transplant
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Aug 1st to Feb 27th
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$3.50
Botanical Name
Hibiscus sabdariffa

A fast growing annual shrub (to 2m) with attractive yellow flowers. Rosella is known for its use in the kitchen where the calyx (the red fleshy cover framing the seed pods) is used to make jam, jelly, sauces, wine and tea (dry the red calyx). Young leaves can be steamed. Remove the first flush of seed pods to ensure greater yields.
For the best crop ensure rosella has 5-6 months frost free growing, so in cooler areas sow indoors to transplant to a sheltered position once the weather has warmed. Soak seed overnight in warm water, plant and keep warm (22˚C+) and moist. 15 seeds. Not to WA.

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Oct 1st to Dec 30th
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Dec 30th
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Jan 1st to Dec 30th
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Echinops ritro

Stunning, globular, purple flower heads adorn thornless, finely-cut, grey-green foliage. Beautiful as a fresh or dry flower and popular with bees, this drought-hardy perennial prefers full sun or part-shade. Can handle poor soil with good drainage. Flower colour is more intense in areas with cool nights. The flower heads also provide a nice colour long before the actual flowers open, prolonging the ‘flowering’ season. 20 seeds.

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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Centaurea cyanus 'Blue Boy'

These spring and summer bloomers have large, double flowers in a beautiful blue on 80cm tall stems. The classic cornflower colur. These annuals grow well in full sun and good, limy, well-drained soil in a sheltered position. Cut back spent flowers to promote regrowth. Flower petals are edible, adding colour to salads. Plant en masse for a striking display or amongst your vegies for a bit of colour. Makes a great cut or dried flower. Self seeds. 150 seeds.

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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Verbascum chaixii f. album

A bold, vertical perennial baring a mass of white flowers with purple stamens and centres in summer. A good cut flower and RHS award winner. Prefers well drained soil, dislikes wet heavy soils. Tolerates frost and drought once established. Provides a good supply of food to honey-bees. About 100 seeds. No. 1.
 

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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Papaver orientale 'Brilliant'

One metre tall, stiff stems carry huge orange red flowerheads up to 25 cm wide over a long period from spring to late summer. This perennial poppy with its green, hairy foliage thrives in well drained, rich soils and a sunny position with extra liquid fertiliser when blooming. 200 seeds/No.1/