Saber saw, drill, 5/16 inch and 3/4 inch drill bits, utility knife, hacksaw
- Using a saber saw or band saw cut the lid so that it fits inside the bucket. (The lid will separate the medium from the water reservoir).
- Drill 15 holes, 5/16” in diameter, in lid. (Plant roots will grow through the medium and pass through these holes into the reservoir.)
- With a hacksaw, cut 3 pieces of 4-inch diameter black perforated drain tile 2 ½ inches long. (These are placed in the bottom of the bucket to support the lid-separator).
- Drill one ¾ inch hole with a drill bit 2 inches above the bottom of the 5-gallon bucket.
- Cut a 6-inch piece of ½ inch (inside diameter) clear plastic tubing; wrap one end with electrical tape, to create a snug fit, and insert it into the hole. The tubing will sit directly below the separator.
- Drive screw through the tubing (inside the bucket), 1 inch from the end.
- Cut an “X” with a knife or razor into the shoulder of a 1-gallon milk jug. Insert the end of the tubing into the milk jug and raise the bucket 8 inches by setting it up on a cinder block or bricks.
- Decorate and beautify your bucket with decoupage or spray paint (Krylon Fusion™ for Painting Plastic)