The elementary school garden is just starting and it is definitely a whole new ballgame from the preschool garden. The preschoolers are able to help in small ways and it is a wonderful sensory experience for them. But the elementry school garden will be the kid's doing the work. With the help of a local garden club, we planted two demonstration beds that shows the wonderful plants that can withstand deer as well as handle part shade.
This is an exciting project for me, but also a little scary since you just set the class levels free to do whatever they want. And lets face it...I'm a bit of a control freak. (silence) I know, you would have never thought that, right? (silence)
But the demo beds look great and we have given the teachers lots of ideas for themes for their class beds and plant lists that are deer resistant and shade-tolerant. So keep your fingers crossed. At least the rain is making the maintenance easy.