Until recently I lived in Las Vegas (NV) and I feel your pain! Our state color is dried sage unless it's summer, then it's dusty dried sage. Growing stuff is a 50/50 proposition there. You plant something in the ground (if you haven't got caliche) and wish it luck. Really stifles the gardener's soul. And that's why I moved! I wanted to garden....and also the CC&R's got all fussy about raising chickens. Now I've got an orchard and proper veggie area, but due to our late start this year (we finally moved in Memorial Day) and a hole-y fence it looks like our first crop will be cottontails.