Want more than just the last average frost or freeze date for your area? This Freeze/Frost Maps Web page from the National Climatic Data Center provides maps of the dates when there is only a 10 percent chance of a freeze of 28 degrees or 32 degrees occurring. Now you can make a more informed gamble with those tender transplants!
Clever Gardening Technique
I have more than once worked up a beautiful smooth seed bed and planted tiny seeds only to come out the next day and see that our neighborhood cats or overeager miniature fox terrorist had traipsed across the bed, either using it as a restroom or a soft digging area. While pruning roses the thought occurred to me to save some of the longer bare branches to place across the seeded area. This thorny shield allows plenty of sun through while deterring critters from entering the "no paw zone."