But perhaps the biggest money-saving strategy in the garden was having handy folks in the family. Charles built a handsome fence for the vegetable garden that mimics one Brigitte spotted in an article about a Victorian garden. The couple's grown son, Kane, paints the fences, and college-student daughter Jade helps care for the bunnies. Brigitte's late father designed and built several attention-getting features in the garden, including the rabbit hutch and a tepee trellis on which Brigitte rotates cucumbers, beans, and snap peas.
Shown: The hutch is elevated for easy cleaning; droppings get recycled to fertilize the roses.