We usually wait until the rains have started before we plant the big garden. We happened to time it this year right before a big soaker, and it has paid off. Everywhere you look, there’s little squash, cucumbers, sunflowers, amarynth, jicama, etc. pushing up through the soil.
Leo would happily water them all day, every day, but we are leading him towards a more conservative approach.
Once we build a tank especially for irrigation, which we hope to do this year, we will be able to keep the garden going year round. Little by little.