Step 1 Place barrel on ground. Use bricks on either side to hold it in place while working. Using tape, mark out position and size of 2 openings. Drill holes into each corner of marked areas.
Step 2 Wearing safety glasses, insert jigsaw blade into hole at 1 corner. Using tape as a guide, cut along 1 short side. Remove jigsaw. Repeat for other opening.
Step 3 Evenly space 2 hinges along cut edge of 1 opening and secure with screws. Repeat for other opening.
Step 4 Insert jigsaw into hole in corner of 1 opening then, using tape as a guide, cut around opening. Repeat for other opening. Remove tape.
Step 5 Roll barrel onto other side. Drill several drainage holes in that side, which will be the base.
Step 6 Using wire snips, cut two 20cm lengths of hoop iron. Fold 1 in half and screw to front of 1 lid. This will make it easy to access your cuttings and prevent lid from caving in. Repeat for other lid.
STEP 7 Add seed-raising mix to roughly quarter-fill barrel and plant up with cuttings. Water well.
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