If you are new to gardening in Florida, October is a lot like April in the north, minus the spring rains. Fortunately we do start to get some cooler breezes that make working outside in the garden more pleasant.
Vegetable gardening should be going full steam ahead this month. Soil should be amended with compost or other organic matter. Remember that vegetables need six to eight hours of full sun to thrive.
Since our fall can be somewhat dry, remember to provide adequate water as well. It is time to start planting cool season crops such as broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, carrots, cabbage, and collards. Wait a bit later to plant spinach which needs cool soil to germinate. A great book for Florida gardeners is Vegetable Gardening in Florida by James M. Stephens. You can also access the Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide on the Internet at edis.ifas.ufl.edu/VH021.
If you are looking for more information on veggie gardening, the University of Florida Solutions for Your Life website has lots of information and educational videos at: solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu. Look under Lawn and Garden category.
Next week: It's time to plant bulbs.
Sources: Carol Suggs and Theresa Badurek, Pinellas County Extension Service. Learn more at askextension.org or pinellascountyextension.org.