Our soil needs proper irrigation and cultivation. But irrigation pipes didn't include in the budget. I've done manual labor on our rocky, clayish and dry ground. We've used old corrugated iron water tanks, cut them up into three-four parts. Lay each on the weeded and cleared ground to position them to hold soil, compost and mulch. We depend much on rain and tank water. The third photo: Veggies above ground with cardboard boxes, manure, soil and hay.