I bought mine from dripworks, and if a old woman can set it up, anyone can. I have found out, if youre home all the time, you cab bypass the most expensive part--the timer. I've loaned my book out, so I cant tell you prices, etc, but I know I spent less than $100. There is a starter kit, comes with pressure reducer, and main line (which is very cheap, in itself!)The tiny lines pop into the main line--and the (LOL)watering gizmo fastens on the end. or--you can use the self watering line, which I dont care for. I just turn mine on at daylight, when I do chores, and its ready to go off when I come back. I very seldom use the timer now. Gldno, this is probably more than you wanted to know--but really, its marvelous!