So, this year, I have two new raised beds. I've never planted in them before. I spent the last three months growing vegetable seedlings for my new garden with nothing but high hopes for it all. We've been having abnormally warm weather (zone 6) and even though my last frost date is anywhere between May 1-May 8, I planted my seedlings out last week...after hardening them off too...I checked the forcast for this week and there was no danger of frost. In fact, I was more worried about too much heat so soon. So I felt good. Then this afternoon, I looked out my window and saw the worst...a droopy tomato. I ran out and despaired at the frost damage. The final death toll is: 3 tomato plants (one seems to be o.k.) Four cucumbers Three pepper Two eggplant Too many basil plants to count (Survivors include lettuce, radish, spinach and peas) Arg. I even looked up the low temp for last night and it was only 37 degrees. Not freezing...So what happened? The weird thing too is that I had one tomato plant still in it's seedling container left on my patio and it looks unscathed. My theories (ie: guesses) are: a) raised beds don't hold as much heat from the ground so they get colder more easily? b) I have some kind of microclimate working against me...the beds are 8X4 ft. with the one side (4 ft) up against my fence? c) I didn't harden my plants off as much as I thought.? Whatever it is, my babies are gone and it's too late to start anew. I guess I'll be using my Home Depot gift card that I just got for new vegetables and be sad that they aren't my own little labors of love. Or something sappy like that.