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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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1 pkt
A$3.75
Botanical Name
Beta vulgaris


A popular heirloom due to its versatility – the young leaves can be used and the beetroots can be eaten raw, roasted, pickled or boiled. It is also early and has delicious dark red globe roots. Has some resistance to downy mildew. A dependable cropper with good heat and cold tolerance. 250 seeds.

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Mar 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Aug 1st to Aug 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Jan 1st to Dec 30th
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1 pkt
A$3.75
Botanical Name
Allium tuberosum

A culinary and ornamental perennial herb of the onion family. The thin, flat leaves have a characteristic garlic taste and are great in Asian dishes (where it is known as Gow Choy), omelettes, dips or salads. In summer beautiful white, edible flower umbels are produced. The flower buds and stalks are used in many Asian dishes. Known as either Garlic Chives or Chinese Chives. 200 seeds

Organic
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1 pkt
A$3.75
Botanical Name
Cucurbita moschata

The most popular of the butternuts, pear-shaped Waltham offers a smooth-texture and a uniquely nutty flavour that improves with storage. This full-sized winter pumpkin has a small seed cavity and thick neck which gives lots of easy to prepare flesh. Butternuts yield well and store longer than other pumpkins in cool dry conditions (up to a year). 20 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$3.75
Botanical Name
Allium porrum

A tough, hardy French heirloom that grows vigorously even in very cold climates. The tender creamy-white stems can grow to 5 cm in diameter and 20 cm high, so plenty of produce to work with in the kitchen. The blue-green leaves are attractive and quite tender so can also be used for flavour or garnish in soups, salads, stews. 150 seeds.

Hierloom
Sunlight
Full
Frost Resilience
Frost Hardy
Lifespan
Biennial
Germination Period (days)
14
Sow Method
Direct or Transplant
Sowing Instructions
Sow direct to garden or sow in trays to transplant later once they have reached 7-10cm high (as leek is slow growing this can be a good option so you can utilise the space). Cover seeds thinly and keep moist. Rotate within vegetable beds every year.
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$3.75
Botanical Name
Physalis peruviana

An evergreen, 1.5meter tall shrub, originally from South America with edible 2cm round, orange fruit enclosed in papery calyces. This delicious berry is high in vitamin C and can be eaten raw or cooked in jams. They mature in late summer-autumn and need a protected position in frost prone areas. For full sun with average garden soil. Note, this plant self seeds readily. 30 seeds

Organic
Sunlight
Full
Frost Resilience
Tender
Climate
Cold
Temperate
Hot Arid
Tropics/SubTropics
Germination Period (days)
25
Sow Method
Direct or Transplant
Sowing Instructions
Sow direct to garden or into pots to transplant, keep warm (22˚C+) and moist. For early sowing in cooler areas start indoors and transplant once weather and soil have warmed. Takes 3-4 weeks to germinate.
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$3.75
Botanical Name
Physalis peruviana

A dwarf evergreen shrub producing delicious, sweetly tangy, round fruit perfect for jams and cordials or a sweet, vitamin C-packed mouthful. Originally from South America the fruit mature in late summer-autumn and needs a protected position in frost prone areas. Easily grown and self-seeds happily. A smaller and more manageable variety than its sibling. 30 seeds.

Hierloom
Sunlight
Full
Frost Resilience
Tender
Lifespan
Perennial
Climate
Cold
Temperate
Hot Arid
Tropics/SubTropics
Germination Period (days)
25
Sow Method
Direct or Transplant
Sowing Instructions
Sow direct to garden or into pots to transplant, keep warm (22˚C+) and moist. For early sowing in cooler areas start indoors and transplant once weather and soil have warmed. Takes 3-4 weeks to germinate.
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$3.75
Botanical Name
Brassica napus pabularia

This Russian/Siberian kale has distinctive dark red, serrated edges (looking like it has been marinated in a cab-sav!!) The young leaves are tender and mild flavoured, making them a hit for salad mixes where the colour and texture help fill out a salad. The underside is a cream colour, so it is very striking on the curled edges. Reputed to have an iron content up to ten times higher than for other kale varieties. Frost and snow improve its flavour. 250 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$3.75
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. 400 seeds/pkt.

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1 pkt
A$3.75
Botanical Name
Raphanus sativus

These fast growing round red radishes have a crispy white flesh and an excellent flavour, not as sharp a bite as some other varieties. This heirloom from Holland is great raw in salads and in chutneys. Uniform roots with a striking red colour. Harvest promptly in warmer months as radish does not retain good eating quality after reaching full size. About 200 seeds.

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
Tropaeolum minus

This non-trailing, 20-30cm high, old variety is covered in scarlet-red, single flowers with attractive dark blue-green foliage. A good container plant in a warm position over summer. Flowers, leaves and young seed pods are a spicy addition to fresh salads. A frost tender annual that readily self seeds. 20 seeds.