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Container gardening embraces the basic concept that any container that can hold dirt can be made into a planter. Old shoes fill the description nicely as they can be recycled to use as miniature container gardens. Choose small, shallow rooted plants that will thrive in your chosen growing environment. If you want to plant several different plants, they must all share the same requirements for sunlight, water and fertilizer. Pick bloom colors that complement the shoe and each other. Vary plant heights and add interest with attractive foliage. Cacti and succulents in varying heights, shapes, sizes, colors and textures lend themselves especially well to shallow shoe planters.

1Wipe loose dirt and debris from the shoe’s surface with a damp cloth and allow it to dry completely. Apply two or three coats of outdoor acrylic sealer to all surfaces of the shoe. Follow the sealer’s instructions carefully. Apply the sealer to the inside of the shoe with a paintbrush. If you prefer to leave the shoe in its current state, the planter will slowly weather naturally but won’t last as long.

2Decorate the shoe with paints, markers or stickers if you wish. Preserve your artwork with a couple of coats of sealer.

3Drill holes in the sole of the shoe to provide drainage. Space the holes about one inch apart. If you don’t have a drill, use a screwdriver or hammer and nail.

4Pour potting soil into the opening of the shoe, filling the toe and foot areas first. Fill the shoe to about 1/2 inch from the top. Use a good, well draining commercial mix that contains organic material, such as peat moss, for absorbing and retaining water. A medium that contains bark or perlite will provide good drainage.

5Plant seedlings or small plants in the opening of the shoe at the same depth they occupied in the growing containers. Firm the soil gently. Water thoroughly to evenly moisten the soil.

Things You Will Need Cloth Outdoor acrylic sealer Paintbrush Paints, markers, stickers (optional) Drill, screwdriver or hammer and nail Gravel Well draining commercial potting soil Seedlings Newspaper, Styrofoam peanuts or empty plastic bottle (optional) Sphagnum moss (optional)

Tips Use old shoes that you or members of your family no longer need, even if they’ve become somewhat shabby. Head to a local thrift shop to pick up shoes on the cheap. If the shoe is large or weight is an issue, stuff the toe and part of the foot area with newspaper, Styrofoam peanuts of part of an empty plastic bottle to lighten the planter.
timberland jeans sale How to Make Flower Planters or Pots From Old Shoes