What a splendid job Gill and Emily did in organising yesterday’s working bee. A great turn-out was fitting for welcoming our newest member, John Davey, and the numbers saw some serious work done in a very short time. Accomplishments included a general site clean-up along with mowing and whipper snipping; the pricking out of advanced seedling from punnets into larger pots; weeding around the communal herb bed area, wheelbarrow tyre maintenance; the establishment of an area to the west of the site ready to plant a native plant windbreak; more work done on the “adopt some trees” plans to get our new fruit trees established; and the shifting of half a mountain of wood chips into the Tree Project area to help better manage moisture and snail havens. Again the morning tea and good company proved a fine way to end a month at the garden.Thanks to all who attended the working bee.
The snail hunt last Tuesday (remember another next Tuesday 23rd at 7.00pm)
Here’s one, perhaps for Jara, Ruby or Caleb to solve, but also for others who might want to do some investigations and calculate how much vegetation the snails would have eaten in the Fairfield Community Garden on Tuesday night, had they not been captured and disposed of on the snail hunt.
Incredibly, 4 kilograms of snails were collected from plots and surrounds by the group who responded to Kyllie’s call for help to get on top of the nibblers before our spring plantings begin. Head & hand-held torches , buckets and keen eyes were the tools of trade, but the excitement of a hunt, the opportunity to chat and Kyllie’s extra special prizes were added bonuses. See pictures of Kyllie with her head torch at the weigh-in and the pail of snails below.
SNAIL RESEARCH: INTERESTED? WE COULD SHARE YOUR FINDINGS WITH OTHER GARDENERS
This could be the first part of an investigation: So, if 4 kilograms of snails were collected, and the average mass of a snail is 2 grams, then 2000 snails were collected. If one snail, in one night of feeding , eats ? (who knows how many grams of plant food might eat in a night) then 2000 snails, in one night, would eat ? (who could calculate this). A second part of the investigation could be: How much would the 2000 snails eat over ten days or even a month? (the volume or mass of vegeation). Could there be more parts of the investigation? If those snails layed ? (how many eggs does one snail lay) in that month, how many snails could we expect in one month and how much vegetation would be needed to sustain them?