This is the time to plant spring flowering bulbs. Tulips, hyacinths and crocus offer a profusion of color for your garden next spring. The best time to plant these bulbs is now, in October. The soil temperature is cooler, but still warm enough to allow the bulbs to start to root. Begin by selecting quality bulbs. Choose bulbs that are firm and covered by their natural papery covering. The type of bulb is also important. There is a wide variety of colors to choose from when selecting bulbs. Bulbs come loose in individual containers or as pre-packaged assortments. The loose-packed bulbs are nice because you can mix and match many colors. Next, consider where you plan to plant your bulbs. Select a site where your bulbs will receive at least 6 hours of sunlight. Bulbs will do okay in partial shade, but most prefer sunny locations. down 2"-3" of amendments to the site, then dig in thoroughly with the existing soil to a depth of 5" to 6". You can use a spade or garden fork to prepare the ground. Add some Dutch Bulb Food to the ground before you place your bulbs, so the roots will grow into the fertilizer.