Free Water in the Desert

So, I’m not the only crazy person out there who sees free irrigation water in “flooding problems” I found a great series of links to videos on stormwater and rainwater harvesting. If you want to grow more than rocks in your High Desert Garden, these videos are a must see.

How to Get Free Water in the Desert

Free Water, a short video by Andrew Brown – Arizona Sonoran Desert

Overview of Lancaster-Homestead Water-Harvesting Strategies  – Arizona Sonoran Desert

Brad Lancaster demo: Learn how to build a Berm with a bunyip water level  – Arizona Sonoran Desert

Growing Forests in the Desert – Negev Desert in Isreal

Keyline Design

How to Keep Water in Soil

Once water has infiltrated or soaked into the soil, keeping it there for use by plants is critical to success. Dry desert air can evaporate water from the soil unless you protect it.

Allan Savory: How to green the world’s deserts and reverse climate change – African Deserts

Free Water Plus Salt Management

Permaculture Greening the Desert – Dead Sea Valley, Jordan



Swale with Volunteer Vegetation, Mojave Desert




About Caliche Chick

I retired from a career as an Environmental Scientist and Botanist. My first career was teaching science and English as a Second Language (ESL), and content classes for ESL students at the middle school level. I also taught introductory biology at the community college level. I have an avid interest in plants that grow with little to no irrigation. I also keep a vegetable garden, fruit trees, and back yard chickens. When I am not in my yard, I am taking Construction Technology Classes at Victor Valley College and working on my "fixer upper" home.
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