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.


COVID-19 and BOG

COVID-19 and BOG

March 27, 2020
All BOG events up till the end of July 2020 are cancelled. In July we’ll review the situation.
BOG’s new website

BOG’s new website

March 17, 2020
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.


All BOG events up till the end of July 2020 are cancelled. In July we’ll review the situation.

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

Greener Melrose Talk: Farming with Nature @ Marmions
Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
This talk is BOG’s contribution to the Greener Melrose talks programme. The talk will be given by the Soil Association and will focus on how to reduce the impact of agriculture on the environment through soil management and agroecology.
Business Meeting and Plant Exchange
May 17 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

The spring business meeting will be before lunch with the afternoon being for the plant swap (bring any surplus seedlings etc), and for a look round Robert and Lesley’s remodelled house garden and, for those who want a short walk, a look round their allotment.

A wild flower friendly garden, Kirk Yetholm
Jun 20 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Lesley and Peter have designed and developed their garden to be wildlife friendly. This visit will show us the results of their labours.

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

Here’s what needs to be happening in the garden during April.

April is the cruelest month, breeding
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
dull roots with spring rain.


“Snow in April is abominable,” said Anne. “Like a slap in the face when you expected a kiss.”

L. M. Montgomery

There is plenty to do in April, but here in the Borders we need to keep an eye on the weather forecast. Be ready to protect young plants from late frosts.

  • Plant remaining potatoes, onions and shallots
  • Continue sowing seeds, under cover and outdoors. Use the instructions on seed packets and follow the later times given. For example, if the packet says ‘sow in March/April’, go for April.
  • Harden off hardy seedlings,
  • Mix and aerate compost bins.
  • Plant out hardy vegetables at the end of the month.
  • Protect young plants from slugs.
  • Cover summer brassicas and carrots with nets to protect them from flying insects.
  • Continue weeding.