Built from The Soil Up
The couple lined other planting beds with chunks of discarded concrete, which they also used, combined with old bricks and flagstones, for pathway paving. Some pieces came from neighbors redoing yards and driveways, and some from the "free" section in a local newspaper. Brigitte bought pavers, too, a few at a time at home centers, driving them home in her car. To build up the soil, she used lawn clippings, hauled in composted horse manure and hay, and took advantage of free mulch available from their homeowners' association.
Shown: Little pocket gardens dot the lawn, including one for everbearing strawberries that has 'Iceberg' rose standards at the four corners and 'Lemon Rose' geraniums shading the roses' roots.