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.
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 email@example.com
You’ll find contact details in the BOG Magazine if they are not provided here.
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
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”.
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
Now we have the longest days, the roses start flowering and we can hope to sit and enjoy our gardens. However, there’s plenty to do.
Green was the silence, wet was the light. The month of June trembled like a butterfly.Pablo Neruda (Chilean poet, d. 1973)
- Continue successional sowing of vegetable seeds.
- Plant out half-hardy flowers and vegetables.
- Sow biennial flowers such as wallflowers.
- Divide clumps of spring bulbs and replant.
- Deadhead flowers, such as lupins, to encourage a second flowering. Stake taller perennials.
- Prune spring-flowering shrubs.
- Harvest shallots and garlic when the foliage starts to die back. Make sure they are thoroughly dry before storing them.
- Summer prune apple and pear trees, especially those grown as cordons or espaliers.
- Mix and aerate compost bins.
- Earth up potatoes.