Welcome to Borders Organic Gardeners

Borders Organic Gardeners

We’re a group of enthusiastic friendly organic gardeners from The Scottish Borders and North Northumberland. We’re inevitably called BOG for short! We welcome all gardeners from beginners to experts.

We set out to share our knowledge about organic gardening principles. We tend to have strong views about the climate emergency, species extinction and sustainability in general.

We run an annual programme of workshops and visits. All our meetings are social events open to all.

We also run a number of major public events during the year including our famous Potato Day held every March. 2020 marked the 25th anniversary of this event.

Join us and, in addition to all that, you can get discounts on our annual seed order, enjoy the renowned BOG magazine three times a year as well as regular emailed newsletters throughout the year.

Still Open for Business!

The BOG Directory

In this time of lockdowns and other restrictions, many organic businesses are still getting their products out to their customers. BOG is delighted to be able to highlight some of the small organic businesses in our area that are finding ways of being Still Open for Business.


BOG Online Business Meeting 5th September 2020
Rather belatedly, the next BOG business Meeting will take place as a Zoom online meeting starting at 10am on Saturday 5th September. If you would like to attend, please get in touch with BOG’s Chair, Ilona McDowell by email using the email address in the back of the last BOG magazine, and she will send you a link to follow to join in.
A wildlife friendly garden
Peter Snell and Lesley Blackthorn, BOG members in Kirk Yetholm, were hoping to open their garden to us this month. They hope this video gives us a flavour of what they’ve achieved
The BOG Directory
We will keep you up to date with small businesses in the Borders and North Northumberland still open for business during the lockdown, many of whom support BOG at Potato Day.
Emma from Woodside at Potato Day
Woodside Plant Centre still open
Local businesses need our support if they are to survive the current crisis. Here’s what one organic garden centre is doing to keep customers supplied.
COVID-19 and BOG
All BOG events up till the end of July 2020 are cancelled. In July we’ll review the situation.
BOG’s new website
We recently redesigned the BOG website to make it easier to keep up to date, and to make easier for would-be members to join us. And it’s now greener than ever.


Sadly the BOG programme is necessarily suspended during the lock down and, with so much uncertainty about how the current position will be alleviated either in England or Scotland, we are not planning further meetings for the coming months.

Apple Day is planned for Sunday 27 September at Harestanes, Ancrum and we shall need to wait until nearer the time to see if it will go ahead. I am hopeful that we can arrange winter events, such as fruit tree pruning, once we feel it is safe to organise gatherings.

If we are able to hold events before the next BOG News is due, we shall advertise it here via the website and, for members, in the eNews. If you do not currently receive the eNews by email, please consider subscribing to it for up-to-date information by contacting our Membership Secretary, Penny Day, at memb@bordersorganicgardeners.org

You’ll find contact details in the BOG Magazine if they are not provided here.

Organic Gardening

Just what is organic gardening? Quite simply, welcoming the natural world into your garden by

  • maintaining healthy soil
  • controlling pests and diseases without synthetic chemicals
  • making and using your own compost


BOG’s workshops are mostly run by members who are glad to share their knowledge.
Recent workshops include:

  • Pruning workshops
  • Garden planning
  • Compost making and garden waste recycling
  • Propagation and grafting
  • Dead hedge creation and hedge laying

Get Involved

BOG is very much in favour of getting members to get involved in whatever is going on.

Whether it’s working in your own garden, arranging your own garden visit or hosting a workshop, you’ll find BOG will be with you all the way.

BOG doesn’t stand on ceremony and you’ll get loads of support from people who have already “done it”.

Climate Change

Borders Organic Gardeners aims to play a leadership role in discussions about Climate Change. We fight climate change and loss of species. We encourage the diversity of natural life in our gardens and communities.

Our long experience of working in a sustainable way upon the land provides useful insights into what individuals can achieve.

This month in the garden

The days shorten and autumn advances, heralded by Michaelmas daisies and crocosmia. Be ready to protect tender crops such as courgettes.

It is a sad moment when the first phlox appears. It is the amber light indicating the end of the great burst of early summer and suggesting that we must now start looking forward to autumn.

Vita Sackville-West
  • Sow and plant out winter vegetables e.g. chard.
  • Earth up celeriac and leeks.
  • Trim hedges now that the birds have finished nesting.
  • Start picking and storing apples.
  • Cut off this summer’s fruiting blackberry and raspberry canes at ground level. Tie in new canes.
  • Review borders and make notes on which plants to move.
  • Start planting spring bulbs.