Garden Shoes From Tires, 1937

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Muddy feed is the biggest woe of the lady gardener. But in 1937, one English woman solved the problem, and her scheme is fast catching on in a country where every woman prides herself on her garden.

Gardening tip from England: Two lengths from old tire and a pair of boot laces snake gardening “shoes.”

An effective pair of covers to keep shoes clean and dry while tending to the garden in inclement weather was made of two pieces of rubber from an old tire, plus a pair of boot strings. Those who have worn them insist they are not as awkward as they look. With their large surface, the shoes do not sink into soft ground, marring flower beds.

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