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Turn a Shoe Organizer Into a Vertical Garden

Shoe organizer used as wall garden.

By Larry Hodgson

To make an inexpensive vertical garden, just recycle an old vertical shoe organizer, the type with pockets, and attach it to a wall, preferably in a sunny spot.

Punch a hole in the bottom of each pocket to allow excess water to drain out and fill the pockets with potting soil.

Insert cuttings or young plants of herbs, vegetables, annuals, ground covers, etc., one per pocket, and water. 

Soon, you’ll have an extraordinary vertical garden!

Remember that the pockets are small and therefore will dry out quickly, so they’ll require frequent watering.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

2 comments on “Turn a Shoe Organizer Into a Vertical Garden

  1. Margaret

    Great idea!

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