Gardeners Cornered

Returns, virtually, for its fifth, annual festival outing to hear your horticultural horror stories and to offer help in the veg bed. It will be a live streamed Postbag Edition and we need your questions, photographs and vegetable instruments.

Please email your questions and/ or photographic evidence of interesting fungi or aphid infestations that you would like the panel to identify to info@folkeast.co.uk subject – Gardeners Cornered – Help! Or upload to the FolkEast Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page using the handle #GardenersCornered

And as for the Musical Instruments … please see our Virtually FolkEast Gardeners Cornered Competition

The Chair – Steve Coghill

Steve was born at an early age and has been practicing horticulture for more than 40 years and one day is going stop just practising and will do it for real… He is without doubt the finest gardener of his generation but has also been known  to have the occasional burst of hyperbole…

Steve has been a head gardener three times in his career, and is currently the Head Gardener of Kings College Cambridge. In amongst these roles, he also taught horticulture, becoming Head of Horticulture at a local land based college, has worked as an examiner and author and has also been involved in gold medal winning displays at the Chelsea flower show. He can be heard from time to time on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire as a garden pundit (until they wrestle the microphone off him), loves travelling and is always kind to Morris Dancers. One day Steve would like to go to Lowestoft…

Photograph by David Rose

John Spiers

John may be known for his digits dancing on buttons during a ceilidh, but he’s just at home with a hoe-down on the allotment.

His area of expertise is mainly growing food or useful plants with a particular penchant for the more unusual crops and perennial vegetables and a side order of foraging from hedgerows.  He famously knows nothing about ornamental plants if you can’t also eat them.

Photograph by anonymous

IT’S COMPETITION TIME !

We need you to create a playable vegetable musical instrument. There are a multitude of ocarina makers masterclasses on line, but for a quick and easy to follow tutorial, please see John’s ” How to … Make a trumpet from a courgette” video from his shed.

Again, please send in your photographs and video clips, with the subject line

My Vegetable Musical Instrument to:

info@folkeast.co.uk

or upload onto the FolkEast facebook, twitter or instagram pages with the hashtag #GardenersCornered

If you are joining us for the live concert , please bring along your Vegetable Musical Instruments for the produce table.

There will be three categories for judging and the judges decision is final – however any bee related gifts proffered might help the judges in their final decision.

The Vegetable Musical Instrument Competition categories are:

  •  The Loudest
  •  The Most heartfelt rendition ( or rendering) of a  favourite tune
  •  The Best in Show

Good luck !

Gardeners Cornered is a completely independent production and bears not a jot of semblance or grudge to  a well known,  long running series on the  national radio wavelength. The Chair and panelists  are  all our own and are correct at time of planning. No plants are harmed in the making  of this programme.