The humble spud has its day as Borders Organic Gardeners celebrate anniversary

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Gardeners from both sides of the border are invited to a Potato Anniversary party on Sunday (March 1) when Borders Organic Gardeners (BOG) present their 20th annual Potato Day at Springwood Park, Kelso.

Free parking, the cheapest seed potatoes money can buy, lots of expert advice and free children’s activities and admission are the ‘gifts’ on offer, while adults pay a bargain £1 for admission to the all-weather Border Union Hall.

“We’re very proud of the service we’ve provided over the last two decades,” said BOG organiser, Susan Watts of Berwick. “Our 20th Potato Day and Green Fair is one of the biggest potato days in the country and very possibly the oldest one still running every year.

Even better, we may be one of the cheapest too!”

More than 100 different varieties of potatoes are on offer in enormous quantities: first and second earlies and maincrop; chippers, mashers and salad tatties; heritage varieties, old favourites and the latest introduced varieties from across the world.

“Better still, tubers are available at 15p each,” said Susan. “That means you can mix and match different varieties, including totally organic types and blight-resistant varieties, as well as finding out which potatoes are best for your ground.

“The potatoes we sell at our Potato Day are specially grown and inspected to make sure they are fit for use and certified disease-free.

“We like to think that we’ve helped make Borders gardens produce the heaviest, healthiest potato crops in the country.”

In four hours between 11am and 3pm on March 1, thousands of visitors will pass through the Border Union Showground hall and be quickly served with an average 3lbs of tatties.

In addition, hundreds of hot lunches will be eaten and sales will be brisk on the produce stalls around the hall, where onion sets, garlic and scores of garden products will be on offer.