Super slippery sensational snails have been special visitors to the garden in the last fortnight. Classes learnt all about the curious mini beasts that come out at night to chomp through our gardens when we are all asleep!
Snails lay eggs in the soil but they do not hatch; they simply keep growing into little snails. We examined many different sized snails from a few days old up to 9 months old. The snails came from Glasshouse Gourmet Snails (many thanks to Cliff and Mary for their kind donation.) On this most interesting of farms the snails are bred and sold to restaurants as food; escargot is a delicacy in French restaurants.
We, however, did not eat the snails…. instead we observed them for scientific purposes. As a grand finale to lessons we cheered the snails on as they raced to the finish line in house themed snail races. The Zion snail proved to be the fastest snail winning most of the races foot down! (The large bottom muscle of the snail is called the foot). He was rewarded with lots of loud cheering from the crowd and a tasty feed of greens.
Cooks made slimy lemon curd snails in grade 1 classes. Preps and Year 2s made some ‘bruffins’ from the recipe book using some of the abundant spinach from the garden.
The adopt-a-garden beds are beginning to bloom and should provide some wonderful colour in the weeks to come.
Gardeners planted more seed potatoes and snow peas as well as beetroot seeds for the next crop cycle.
Until next fortnight,
Happy gardening and creative cooking.
Mandy Ward, Kitchen Garden Coordinator