DIY? Bucket drip kits, a one time cost of $12, allow growing vegetables during the dry season using drip irrigation. Drip irrigation, originally developed in Israel, targets precious water to where it needs to go, the roots of the plants. Much less labor - it uses water efficiently. Less to lug, less time spent fetching it, more time gardening.
Drip Irrigation for Raised Garden Beds. The time spent installing a drip irrigation system will be returned many times over in the first season alone, not to mention over the many years of use you should get out of a well-planned system made from durable materials. From MOTHER EARTH NEWS