I saw people having success using drip irrigation to handle large gardens in multiple zones AND with adding a battery powered programmable timer, the whole system could be set up on "autopilot" for a set watering schedule.
So over several videos I documented the process of putting the system in.
In the first video, I discuss my planning it out, the parts needed, and where I got them at the best cost. How pressure compensating emitters will allow for even drip pressure from the start of the line to the end, and I even made a really bad MS Paint diagram (Hey, my figurin' worked though):
There's also a link to a low cost garden hose filter to remove chlorine & chloramine.
In Part 2 of the drip irrigation series, I begin trenching, laying PVC water supply lines, and glue up the fittings:
In Part 3, after building new raised beds, we go through the final drip tubing & emitter installation and test it out:
I also made a couple of other videos in line with working on the drip watering system...
Here, I explain the programing of a basic battery operated water timer. It can be programed to turn on and off up to four times a day with water times between 1 minute and hours:
Another is a quick video I did for those unfamiliar with how easy it is to glue up PVC pipe. Mrs. Reaganite makes her first full appearance in this video:
In the final analysis, I HIGHLY recommend going with a real drip irrigation system. The pressure & the schedule is consistent, I've actually SAVED money in watering my biggest garden ever, and when it's HOT and I don't want to be outside watering, it takes care of it for me.
And lets not forget the fact that consistent watering means less blossom end rot on veggies like tomatoes. ;-)