I was thinking about the mulch situation. I could run an add or something of the sort in a newspaper that says I'll take any mulch, hay, biomass, and lawn clippings for no charge. That may bring in some free materials to work with.
Is there any good books about irrigation with permaculture? Is Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond good for this subject?
Hubert are you saying that I would want to start with local plants and then slowly transist into no natives?
Is there a good amount of plants that will grow there without irrigation? I am just looking for a cheap startup and don't have the funds to spend on a project as that.