Ken Hargesheimer talked about a supposedly simple and effective and frugal way of watering in an article in country side magazine a few years back. I looked but can't find particulars. It utilizes a five gallon bucket and soaker hose and if I remember correctly you could get the parts at Home Depot, anybody tried this? I am reduced at present to watering with a can and carrying the water from the rainbarrels. My gardens are too big for that.