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Upcycling in the garden…

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Photo/Illustration: Antonio Reis

Today’s photo was taken by assistant editor Antonio Reis while on a photo shoot this fall. He says, “When I visited Lee Reich at his home in New Paltz, New York, I noticed these Croc-esque shoes hanging from the wall of his home. Lee says that the shoes were too worn out for wearing on feet, but work splendidly when repurposed into hanging baskets filled with annuals. The holes on the shoe exterior even act as drainage points.” So cute! Thanks, Tony, for spotting this and sharing it with us.


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    meander_michaele 12/28/2011

    I love when gardening ideas show a sense of humor. The "crocs" as planters are quite fun.

  2. tractor1 12/28/2011

    What a terrific idea for recycling all shoes... gotta go rummage through my closets... come spring all those expensive worn out sneakers I hadn't the heart to toss in the trash will get a new life laced to my veggie garden fence. Thank you!

  3. user-7006903 12/28/2011

    One of our other contributors, Billy Goodnick, actually wrote instructions for making croc planters. You should check it out!

  4. annek 12/28/2011

    Those Crocs are 'stepping up' in the world!

  5. pattyspencer 12/28/2011

    Altho it's a great recycling idea - it's not for me

  6. Joyce70 12/28/2011

    I checked out the instructions for making a "croc planter." I'm sure the same technique could be used with other recyclable items. Fun!

  7. ANewLeaf 12/28/2011

    Would be a great way to use the cute "crocs" when the kids out-grow them. Nail several to a tree.

  8. tractor1 12/28/2011

    I don't think nailing kids to a tree would go over well with the neighbors. hehe

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