Grow plants in shoes...Wowwwww

If you need a little inspiration for your next plant container, the solution might be right at your feet … so to speak!

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Don’t give your old shoes the boot. Repurpose them as decorative planters.

Popular websites are rife with clever ideas and colorful pictures that make gardeners green with envy. Some of the cutest ideas involve shoe garden planters made of old work boots or tennis shoes. If the ideas have piqued your creative side, repurposing old shoes as plant containers isn’t as tricky as you might think. Just unleash your imagination and have fun with shoe planters in the garden.

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If you’ve only got space for a micro garden, shoes make easy planters for herbs, shallow rooted leafy vegies and succulents that all do well in small spaces.

Steps to create Shoe Planter:-

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  • Clean your shoe from any dirt, thoroughly.

  • Apply water sealant or outdoor acrylic sealant to the inside with a paint brush. You could use your old shoe without the sealant Plants in shoesbut the shoe will not last for a long time in that case.

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  • Get creative and paint your shoe if you like else, let the original charm remain.

  • When your shoes have served their purpose, why not give them a new green life as a planter? Add a few drainage holes with a screwdriver for soft soled shoes and use a drill for leather ones. If your sole already has a hole worn through, the job may be done for you! Just fill with potting mix and plant away.

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  • Once you’ve created drainage, fill the shoes with a lightweight soilless potting mix. Likewise, you can choose to stick a smaller container (drainage included) into the shoe or boot whenever feasible. Plant the shoes with relatively small plants such as:

Sedum, Small cactus, Lobelia, Pansies, Verbena, Alyssum, Herbs like mint or thyme.

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  • Use potting soil and fill in up to ½ to 1 inch from the top. A good growing medium will help drain better.

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  • Throw in the seedling or the plant as available in the pot. Water the soil to moisten it slightly. Herbs and shallow rooted plants can grow in well in the depth which shoes usually have.

  • If you have space, combine an upright plant with a vine that will trail down the side of your shoe garden planter. Be sure to water regularly. Plants in containers, including old shoes, tend to dry out quickly.

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Hanging Shoe Planters – A New Hanging Basket Trend?

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Some creative gardeners have even repurposed their shoes into hanging planters.

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So, next time your old sports shoes, boots, high heels, business shoes, gumboots, work boots or children’s shoes get a crack or hole in the sole, think of repurposing them into a novelty planter!


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