Even though it was extremely dry last year, I had one of my best gardens in several years. I was lucky that i got my garden out early and most of it was ready to harvest before it got dry enough to be a problem, but did have to water pretty heavy to get the last of it matured. I have an advantage that i am on a private well, so I do not get a monthly water bill, but I do hate pushing my well that hard, because you have no way of knowing what the water level is doing down there. I have tried the drip systems, and soaker hoses, but due to the amount of calcium in our water, neither one of them lasts more than one or two seasons. The openings are to badly plugged to use. Depending on how large an area I am watering, I either use an osculating sprinkler (one with the turbine to prevent the pause at each end of the swing), or a sprinkler hose. the sprinkler hose will last about 3 years before it becomes too badly plugged to use. another thing that helps is I invested in a timer that connects to my faucet and I can set it to run a while, pause, then run again, so I can do my watering late at night and early morning when there is no wind and it has time to soak in before the sun starts evaporating it.
"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government
to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the
government lest it come to dominate our lives and interests." Patrick Henry