Because October is like spring in other parts of the country, we can plant some of the same spring annual flowers now.
Geraniums, petunias, pansies (shown) and snapdragons can be planted as soon as the plants are available. Seeds of calendula and nasturtium can also be planted directly in the ground.
Prepare the bed by spading in compost or other organic matter along with some slow release fertilizer just before planting. Mulch the bed well after planting to conserve moisture and keep down weeds. Remember to keep the mulch 2 to 3 inches away from the base of each plant.
For more information on gardening with annuals in Florida, go to edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg319.
For additional lawn and garden information, visit the UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension website at pinellascountyextension.org and askextension.org.