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Upcycle Your Hanging Shoe Organizer: Create a Space-Saving Vertical Garden for Herbs and Flowers

Oh my gosh, you are not gonna believe this!

Turn a hanging shoe organizer into a space-saving vertical garden for growing herbs, small plants, or flowers. This creative solution can transform a plain wall or balcony into a lush, green oasis while making efficient use of available space.

OK, here’s what you need:

  1. A hanging shoe organizer (preferably with clear plastic or fabric pockets)
  2. Potting soil
  3. Small plants, herbs, or flower seedlings (alternatively, you can use seeds)
  4. Hooks or a rod for hanging the shoe organizer (depending on your chosen location)
  5. Optional: a drip tray or plastic sheeting to catch excess water


  1. Choose a suitable location for your vertical garden, such as a wall, fence, or balcony railing that receives adequate sunlight for your chosen plants.
  2. Hang the shoe organizer using hooks or a rod, ensuring it is securely fastened and can support the weight of the soil and plants. If you’re concerned about excess water dripping onto the floor or surface below, place a drip tray or plastic sheeting underneath the organizer.
  3. Fill each pocket of the shoe organizer with potting soil, leaving about an inch of space from the top.
  4. Plant your herbs, small plants, or flower seedlings in the pockets, or sow seeds according to the package instructions. Press the soil gently around the roots or seeds to ensure they are well-anchored.
  5. Water your plants as needed, being mindful not to overwater, as the pockets may not have drainage holes.
  6. Regularly check on your vertical garden, providing the necessary care such as watering, pruning, or fertilizing to keep your plants healthy and thriving.

This DIY vertical garden hack not only repurposes a hanging shoe organizer for an innovative use but also adds a touch of greenery and charm to your living space. (I mean, who doesn’t want that! ….says the crazy plant lady) It’s an crazy awesome solution for those with limited gardening space or who want to make the most of their vertical surfaces.

Let me know how it works out for you by commenting below and tagging me in your social media posts showing it off, I wanna see!

xo Martha

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