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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
Geranium robertianum

An annual/biennial herb that grows to 40 cm high and has pretty purple-rose flowers with white streaks. An ancient herb that allegedly helps heal wounds, stops bleeding and aids skin irritations and bruises. Modern folklore alleges it’s a natural source of geranium, which can help cells absorb oxygen. Some research has also shown it can aid diabetes as the leaves have been shown to help lower blood sugar levels. A bee attractor. Self seeds. 25 seeds.

Organic
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Basella rubra

An attractive perennial vine that has edible green leaves and shoots that can be used in salads or stir fries. The red stems give the plant an ornamental value as well. Provide a trellis for easy picking and to protect other plants from being smothered! A heat loving plant that is grown as an annual in cooler areas as it is frost tender. While not a true spinach the leaves taste and look similar. 25 seeds.

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Aug 1st to May 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Feb 1st to Aug 31st
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Ocimum basilicum​​​​​​​

A spicy yet sweet tasting basil that is also used for its flowers. Not only do the leaves and flowers have a culinary use this variety has been bred with long sturdy purple stems for use as a cut flower. The dark purple flower bracts, bi-colour purple & green foliage and cinnamon scent provide an interesting contribution to a bouquet. 200 seeds.

Organic
Sunlight
Full
Frost Resilience
Tender
Lifespan
Annual
Harvest
60 Days
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
50 cm
Spacing/Spread
40 cm
Row Space
30 cm
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
Artemisia absinthium

Made famous by being one of the active ingredients in the spirit ‘Absinthe’. This herbaceous perennial has many uses – Koreans use it in cooking, Moroccans in mint tea, companion planting and medicinal uses include aiding digestion, flatulence and a nerve tonic. Grey-green leaves provide an ornamental value. Yellow flowers in summer. 300 seeds.
 

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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Cucumis sativas

A smooth skinned slicing cucumber that was first released in 1976 in USA. A high yielding variety that can grow in a range of conditions with good disease resistance. The fruit grow to 15 – 20 cm long and are thin skinned with a crisp, white flesh. Vines can be trained up a string or trellis or left to grow along the ground. 40 seeds. Treated seed (thiram).

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
Cucurbita pepo

An Italian heirloom prized for its excellent flavour and firm but tender flesh. The fruits are dark green with light green stripes, straight with slight ribbing. Also known as 'Cocozella di Napoli'. The bushes tend to be a bit smaller than some of its wilder cousins. Use in zucchini slice, pickled, steamed, stuffed or brightening stir fries. 12 seeds.

Hierloom
Sunlight
Full
Frost Resilience
Tender
Lifespan
Annual
Sowing Instructions
Sow direct to garden or into pots to transplant. For early sowing in cooler areas start indoors and transplant once weather and soil have warmed. For a long harvest and healthy plants sow again after 2 months after first sowing. Water regularly.
Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Dec 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Aug 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
Capsicum annum

A popular heirloom chilli with a mild heat. They mature from a dark green to a glossy red and grow to 15-20 cm in length, making them ideal for stuffing. Use green for ‘chilli verde’ or ‘chilli rellinos’. The mature red fruit can be used fresh and are often dried or smoked. The perfect chilli for those who do not like too much heat. Not to WA. 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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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Capsicum annum

An early medium hot jalapeno that is suited to cooler areas with short summers. These chillies are great used fresh, ripening from green (milder) to red (medium hot but with a hint of sweetness) or pickled for use through winter. 5-6 cm long by 2.5 cm wide. Not to WA. 14 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
Coriandrum sativum 'Slow Bolt'

An annual herb also known as Chinese Parsley, it is essential for any Thai dish and frequently used in curries. Coriander grows well in light soils with plenty of moisture. Best sowing times are during the cooler months of spring and autumn, running to seed in hot summers. Cut young leaves regularly to promote regrowth. For constant supply, sow in 3 to 4 week intervals. 500 seeds/pkt.

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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Hypericum androsaemum

Native to the Mediterranean this deciduous, one meter tall shrub has very delicate, small yellow flowers with beautiful round, red fruit turning black over summer. The ovate 10cm long lush green leaves sit right underneath each flower, collecting rain drops. A very hardy plant for any soil in full sun or half shade. Decorative cut flower. 200 seeds /No.1/. Not to WA.