Vivian Black: Cutting back in 2016. Yes I plan to do a heavy pruning, as the trees have grown and are extending and overlapping into other trees and the neighbors’ yards. So if there are people/gardeners looking for starts; fig trees, grapes, thornless blackberries, Nandina domestica, or geraniums, you can come get starts in January.
Joan Braunstein: I am going to follow Pat Welsh’s book, Southern California Organic Gardening, Month by Month. Also my interests are leaning toward native plants, so I am going to learn more about them.
Chuck Carroll: I have been experimenting with greywater from the washing machine and the showers. For the past three months I have been hauling greywater, one bucket at a time, to some specific plants in the garden. The results have been very encouraging. Plants that would normally get watered less than once a week are now getting water three times a week. The plants are doing better than ever and my water bill has gone down. My New Year’s plan is to install a greywater system.
Candace Bandel: I plan to replace my yard with more drought-tolerant plants. But I do not want to look like a desert landscape.
Tynan Wyatt: I plan to install more hardscape, walkways, and raised planting/sitting areas. I’ve realized I’ll enjoy the garden a whole lot more if I can actually get to it! Plus, the permeable cobblestone and flagstone pathways will act as a very good water retaining mulch for the adjacent plants.
Susi Torre-Bueno: No, I don’t plan to make major changes, but do intend to keep on planting additional drought-tolerant plants (including many succulents) to replace plants that die. Last year we changed our existing overhead irrigation to MP3 rotator nozzles, and we’re planning to add more of this efficient watering system in 2016.
Marilyn Wilson: I don’t plan to change any gardening techniques, but next year I will be replacing half of my rakes, shovels, and trowels. They are old and in bad shape, just like I am. The garden is large and I keep multiple tools in several locations. I might have to sharpen all the clippers, if I ever find the time.
Charlotte Getz: I plan to redesign my three garden boxes, removing old redwood and replacing it with Trex and adding Netafim drip irrigation to all the boxes. Soaker hose in the boxes did not provide sufficient coverage for the vegetables I grow, including cool and warm season varieties.
Annie Urquhart: I am always recycling for the garden and it is fun to do.
Marilyn Guidroz: This is a great topic to start off the 2016 year in gardening. We are fundamentally changing the way we garden with the very old fashioned principle of composting. We purchased a double barreled composter to get it up off the ground and also provide the ability to stagger the new compost side with the aged compost side, so you are always rotating the process. Compost in the garden and on the trees will give your plants the tools they need to stay healthy and strong all on their own. What could be easier and simpler?
Ken Selzer: No.
Ken and Donna: I am hoping to use more greywater in my garden.
Leslie Sheridan: No, no plans for change.
Steve Zolezzi: Have been changing from coastal to hot inland gardening for many years. With his year’s mandated reduction in water use (38% on my last billing) coupled with a major change in my garden to succulents and water wise plants, it’s true – they can survive on a lot less water. So in 2016 I will fundamentally continue to change how much water I think plants need to what they really need – easier said than done!
Rachel Cobb: Yes, my herb and perennial garden has become over grown. I have decided to start over creating a more decorative edible garden with blueberries, strawberries and asparagus to name a few, along with some of the beloved flowering perennials.