What do I need to set up a desert garden?

We have bought 624 completely virgin land just outside Elko, NV. I want to have a garden. Some say I need a green house. I don't mind the green house but wonder if the soil in the desert is conducive to plant growth - IF I water, weed and take care of it. I want to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, green beans, peas, carrots, potatoes, corn. I am unsure if hydroponic is the way to go, maybe have above ground layered garden or what. Any suggestions to help me?

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