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Frost alert! (or Snow Miser and the tomato mishap)

Much of the island experienced some frost last night, so for those of you who heeded the garden detective and resisted planting your vegetables a few weeks ago when we had a freakish heatwave: kudos! For the rest of you impulsive types, well, you'll reap what you sow, literally.

I'm afraid I'll be reaping some nasty stuff myself. I began hardening off my tomato seedlings a few days ago in preparation for transplanting next weekend, increasing their outdoor exposure in a shady spot by an hour each day. Yesterday, I was supposed to be up to 4 hours.

Fast forward to this morning when I woke up and turned on the TV to check the weather. Apparently there was frost overnight and by 5:30 a.m., temps were barely in the 40s where I live. Panic ensued, as I realized that of all days to be a scatterbrain, I picked the one when frost would hit -- I had forgotten my tomatoes outside.

I ran to the deck to retrieve them, shivering and pale (the tomatoes, not me), and brought them back in. I lowered the grow lights to coddle them and apologized profusely. Who am I kidding? I cursed profusely, but I digress.

Anyway, I think they'll be OK. Anybody else mess up?

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