I started a garden last year with the goal of raising and preserving enough quality food, with enough variety, to survive with minimal retail food acquisition. I am midway through my second year. I live in zone 8. I have sandy to sandy loam soil.
My first year, I started an irrigation system with the goal of using drip irrigation throughout the garden. My area averages 40" to 50" of rainfall per year (October through October). We are currently in a multi year severe drought. I have access to drinkable well water and city water.