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Recently joined the forum. Hello and whata great place. I feel the need to get some property and get going. I have a family and a horse started already. Now I just need some sustainability injections to really get me going. I am looking forward to any local pdc (ive seen a few coming up) that I can attend and am also interested in helping out on projects that may coincide with my work and fam schedule. I have some mechanical ability but not much growing knowledge beyond an 8x8 raised bed in my backyard I recently threw together. Anyhow hello everyone. I look forward to learning everything I can.
 
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Howdy Robert, welcome to Permies!
 
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Here are a few low water plants.
Apricot (stark bro have a sweet kernel one, which makes it a fruit and a nut in one talk about function stacking), Oregon Myrtle, Almond, Jujube, Palms (dates, jelly palm, etc) Autumn Olive, Mulberry, Pineapple Guava, Bay Tree, Fruiting Roses, Pomegranate, Beautyberry, Gooseberries, Strawberry Tree, Eucalyptus, Grapes, Figs, Olive, Walnut. Anything in the mint family(lavender, oregano, thyme, sage, etc)

Another good idea is to re-use your greywater from the laundry, shower, kitchen but not toilet to water the plant.
You could also look into aquaponics to grow your veggies and maybe a few fish.
 
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get the Rainwater Harvesting handbook #2 right away, will influence all your other construction !
 
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Thanks x 3.
I found this with a Google search and it looks the closest to what is mentioned for rain water harvesting?

http://www.rwsn.ch/documentation/skatdocumentation.2009-02-16.6179799035/file

Great plant info. I hope to run around as johnny apricot seed soon.
Thanks again.
 
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The book about water harvesting is actually the second one by Brad Lancaster. He lives and teaches right here in Tucson. There are several outfits who professionally will do the work, but with the book and sweat (LOTS) equity you can save a ton of money.

Also, there is a free permaculture club (join meetup.com, free) to find them. Also an aquaponics club. Tucsonap.org > I belong to both and great group of people. Great networking opportunity.

Give a holler if you need more!
 
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