Step 1: Choose your bed! We chose one which had manure put on in autumn and covered with geotextile. We made a series of grooves in the rotted manure layer about 2inches wide, 1.5 inches deep and about 8 inches apart.
Step 2: Starting at one end lay the geotextile and anchor it down with some weights. Push it into the grooves. Use a weight to stop the geotextile being pulled back out of the formed grooves - moving it along as you work.
Step 3: Tuck the sides neatly into the edge of the bed.
Step 4: Set up your Sol K-12 pump unit and attach the inlet tube to a nearby water butt – ours goes into the integral water reservoir underneath the bed. From the pump outlet lay a header tube with 12 drippers lined up with the end of each groove.
Step 5: Add a length of seep hose onto each dripper (no more than 1 metre long). Add a stopper to the other end and stake down next to the side of the bed.
Step 6: Cover the seep hose with compost and sow your seeds. Don’t forget to label them!! Give an initial water with a watering can and set the pump system running.
Step 7: Cut your water pipe to make hoops to stretch across the bed and push them firmly in (you can use a piece of bamboo or a thin metal pipe to slip them over if you like).