I have underground irrigation lines to my entire yard. I know I can turn the lines on either manually at the in-ground control boxes or through my electric irrigation controller.
My wife and I are going to try our hand at a vegetable garden this year. There's an above ground outlet for drip tubing in a garden plot in the back yard but I don't have enough faith in the greenness of my thumb to want to drop a whole bunch of cash on a drip line irrigation kit. I'm also lazy so I don't want to unroll/reroll the hose every day to water the plot.
The solution sounds like getting the appropriate fitting to connect the irrigation spigot to a smallish length of hose we keep near the garden with an inline flow valve. That said, I don't know that that it's healthy to keep the irrigation line always under pressure -- is there any reason that would be a bad thing?