I mentioned here a few times in the past couple of months about learning to garden in a different zone. Our permanent Canadian residence is in Zone 6A that should remain the same if we move although we would have less of the direct warming effects of the water. Our vacation home is located in US Hardiness Zone 9A so that will present quite a difference in what I can grow.
We own the house but not the land so that does present a few restrictions. Additional garden beds and plantings are encouraged though providing they are kept neat and tidy. I am planning on planting a couple of citrus trees during our next trip. Grass cutting and edging is done through the park so we don't have to worry about that.
The gardens are mulched with wood chips. We added more mulch to the front bed but not the sides as we ran out of time so our next trip we will mulch the rest. Mulch becomes even more important in this area to help conserve water. We have a programmable, automated watering system that we are allowed to use on Mondays (county restriction). Ideally this is not the set-up I would like but I'm not growing organic vegetables there. I will be considering installing a gravity fed watering system using collected rainwater. The rainy season is just about ready to start so that will give me a couple of months to work on how best to water.
I will be doing a bit of research and talking to the neighbours to see how to maintain all of the vegetation in the gardens. There are several knowledgeable gardeners in the community so I'm looking forward to getting to know them. I also plan on participating in the community Garden Club when we are there. Garden Clubs are a great way to meet other gardeners, share knowledge and trade plants or seeds.