sustainable garden; with permeable pavers, outdoor aviary contrcuted by homeowner, adn drought-resistant plantings
Photo: Mike Jensen
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Planning Your Own Patch of Green

In Carlson's backyard, the fence and arbor are so handsome, the low-maintenance plantings so lush, that the property fits seamlessly into its gracious neighborhood of older homes. You'd never guess this earth-friendly haven, with its animals and edibles, is more akin to a working farm than a typical city garden.

Shown: Four ring-neck doves and a quail yield eggs and manure; they reside in an outdoor aviary Carlson built from salvaged shipping pallets, roof shingles, and sparrow netting.
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