Step 2: Mark the Buckets
1) Hole for wicking basket
On the bottom of the first bucket, trace your drain grate or plastic tub and mark a circle on the bottom of the first bucket. Be sure your circle is smaller than the lip of the container.
2) Hole for pipe
Next, mark a hole for the pipe, also 1/2″ from the wall of the bucket
3) Side drainage holes
On the side of the second bucket (not the one you’ve already marked!), measure and mark drainage holes. Finding this measurement is pretty easy–just place the buckets one next to the other and figure out how much of a gap there is between them when they stack together. Mark just below that line. Mark two drainage holes, one on each side.
4) Second hole for pipe
On the lid, mark a hole for the pipe (1/2″ from the edge)
5) Holes for plants
Next mark holes for the seedlings on the lid, or one big hole for an established plant
Pictured is the finished bucket lid, so you get a sense of what the holes will be doing once you plant your dearthbox.