The only thing that seems to grow abundantly in the garden here are weeds. Pernicious weeds...goat heads like five headed spikes everywhere. Add to that no rain, lots of wind and dust and HOT sun. Even the Navajo gardeners are frustrated. We try to be creative with various water systems, soaker hoses and timers.
And olas the age old Spanish way.
I thought my vegetables all died because of too much sun so I sheltered them with the popular shade cover. Dead again. Silly me it was the wind and dust that whipped through the small raised garden I had prepared. So we added more shade material around the whole plot.
Container gardening seems to work too. And plastic bottles with tiny holes can work like olas to help water containers over longer periods of time.