Without question, this wins the oddball-idea-of-the-year award. The Rockmores recommend indoor-outdoor carpeting as garden mulch--sort of carpeting the lawn to grow better vegetables. The advantages? Relatively low cost, easy handling, improved general appearance (""a variety of colors"") plus the agricultural ones--less watering and daily care, greater productivity, longer harvest season. We've got our reservations: even if it banishes bugs and weeds forever, as promised, it seems so plastic--like dressing Adam and Eve in leisure suits. Better to get down to earth and skip the exterior decorating.