SPRING must be on the way: it’s Border Organic Gardener’s (BOG) Potato Day on Sunday (March 2) when hordes of gardeners and the aspiring green-fingered descend on Kelso’s Springwood Park to buy their tubers.
Now in its 19th year, the event regularly attracts more than 1,000 enthusiasts. There will be more than 100 varieties of earlies and maincrops, offering great chippers, mashers and boilers, arranged alphabetically around the hall, and BOG is keeping prices the same as last year at 14p per tuber.
BOG’s Robert Leetham said: “Tubers can be bought in ones and twos, as well as 10s and 20s, meaning you can fill a small space without waste or fill your larger plot with a wide selection rather than just two or three varieties.
“Growing different varieties also allows for some insurance against variable summers by choosing types that cope with drought alongside those that handle wet, as well as one or two that resist the scourge of blight.”
There will also be garlic, shallot and onion sets for sale and stalls selling garden equipment, crafts, local produce, seeds and garden sundries, as well as stalls manned by environmental organisations.
There will also be tea, coffee, cakes and lunches available, a children’s area, information centre and advice available from BOG’s potato experts. Potato Day runs from 11am to 3pm. Entry is £1, children free.