The buckets are made into a sub-irrigated planter. This (shown) is one way to do it. You place a colander upside down in a 5 gallon bucket after cutting holes for a pipe along the side and 2 drain holes (in the sides of the colander and the bucket). I got the idea from one of the Nevada Thread people and she got it from a website called globalbuckets.org. We chose to use just one bucket (instead of 2 buckets stacked) by cutting out the lid and affixing the cut piece to the inside of the bucket making a shelf for the cut lid to sit on. I will have to take pictures of the whole process so I can post them here. Here are some of the buckets we used last year. I was very pleased with how it worked. The trick to get through the late June-July heat issue is to use that time to start more plants to put in the bucket for our fall growing season. Make sure your plants are short season ones and plant early in spring and early in fall. If it is gonna freeze...I can move my buckets under the back porch and my veggies are fine. The peas I planted a few weeks ago are coming up and I'm gonna get busy planting more. I will probably buy some tomato starts simply because I only have one variety of seed from last year on hand. Seriously, check out the website. They have some really great ideas.