These colorful hanging shoe organizers are the perfect way to make use of your vertical gardening space. I hung these from the wooden fence that encloses my patio. I bought them from Dollar Tree, which is my local dollar store. I'll have you know that Dollar Tree is a virtual wonderland for bargain gardening supplies. They've got everything: metal hanging baskets with coco liners, planters, gardening gloves, peat pods, floral moss, and more. And it's $1.00 is a steal, if I do say so myself. But I digress. I'm sounding like an infomercial again. You can get these shoe organizers at a lot of places: grocery stores, Wal-Mart, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, etc. Plus they come in varying sizes. These particular organizers will fit six plants, but I've seen some that will house as many as 20 plants.
- Hanging shoe organizer. Make sure it's made of a mesh-like material to allow for drainage.
- Items to hang the shoe organizer with, which will depend on the surface you want to hang it on: hammer/nails or screw/screwdriver. The shoe organizer should come with an over-the-door hanger, so you could sling it over a door, too, if you're so inclined.
- Potting soil
- Plants with similar light requirements. (My patio gets dappled/part sun throughout the day, so I used variegated creeping fig ivy, alyssum, creeping thyme and elfin thyme. I had been ogling these varieties of thyme for a long time, so I am happy to finally have some in my garden :). I chose plants that would eventually fill out and mostly conceal the pocket that encloses them.
- I'd recommend hanging the shoe organizer up first before you plant. Let gravity work in your favor.
- Plant starting with the bottom pocket, working your way up to the top pocket.
- Don't overstuff your pockets with soil. It'll add too much weight to your shoe organizer.
Above is a picture of my patio fence. Voilà! Nothing beats two planters for $2.00.