Shoe Gardening 101

Today I’m teaching you something fun!  How to garden in a shoe!  It’s a Shoe Garden.  This is Shoe Gardening 101

Shoe Gardening
If you haven’t ventured into container gardening, you should! Planting a garden in shoes is just like planting in any other container, just on a smaller scale. Pick up some mini gardening tools, grab your old shoes, and get started!

Shoe Gardening 101

There are many ways to create a shoe garden. Some people just add a few flowers to a shoe and call it a day. Others have rows of shoes with different herbs, veggies, and flowers. How you grow your shoe garden is completely up to you!

Shoe Gardening 101

Insoles. Remove the insoles from your shoes if possible, and discard them.

Holes. You can add holes for drainage in many different ways. I just used a screwdriver for my soft soled shoes. You can also use a drill, or maybe a hammer and nail, for leather ones. If your shoes are really old, they might already have holes in place. Depending on the size of the shoe, and the size of the drainage holes, I’d recommend adding anywhere from 5 to 10 holes. If you’re using children’s boots, obviously there would be fewer than if you were using a man’s boot.

Rocks. Add a shallow layer of pebbles or small rocks to the bottom of the shoes. At this point you can either remove the laces, or leave them in and tie them in a cute bow.

Soil. Now’s the time to add moist potting soil. You don’t have to spend a fortune, but don’t get the super cheap stuff either. Middle of the road works fine for most plants. Some suggest a mixture of horse manure and potting soil.

Fill the boot up with soil, stomping the boot a bit to make sure enough is added, leaving room for newspaper (optional) and plants.

Newspaper. This part is optional, but now is when you’d add newspaper to the neck of the boot. If you’re just using a tennis shoe, you should skip this part.

Flowers. Yay! Time to add flowers. You can plant pretty much anything that you’d plant in an herb garden. From small herbs and vegetables to beautiful flowers, the sky’s the limit!

Have you tried a shoe garden yet? What’s stopping you?!




  1. Helene Cohen Bludman says

    OMG I love this idea! I have never seen this. Thanks for the tutorial and I’m off to go steal some shoes from my kids’ closets …

  2. says

    What a cool and clever idea! I do some container gardening, but mostly in pots and fun little things that I think my son will like… but I haven’t tried shoes yet! Adorable!

  3. says

    I haven’t tried it yet! My main concern is that my fiance will end up taking care of yet another one of my plants.

    Thank you for such an informative pinnable pict!

  4. Monique says

    Hi Wendy,

    Very creative yet again. Ofcourse we are familiar with using clogs in the garden stead of just pots. I never tried boots before, but then again, i am not the creative type, you are. With the WC2014 you may choose to use clogs with countryflags. I’m curious, have you already found a way to use flip flops for shoe gardening, say, the Vegas clog…lol?

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