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
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.
Free Water Plus Salt Management
Permaculture Greening the Desert – Dead Sea Valley, Jordan