Answer: As you have discovered, frost dates can vary significantly in just a few miles. For this reason, I would suggest you check with your local County Extension (677-8223 for Dutchess County) for a guideline as to the last average frost date in your area. I would also suggest you check with any neighbors who are gardeners because they will have an even better fix on what happens near your house, and then I would also suggest you begin keeping a record of what happens in your own garden because each garden has its own microclimate! Much of gardening is by guess and by golly -- and every season is different. Most gardeners also find it necessary to use supplemental lighting in order to produce good quality seedlings; you might also invest in a good cold frame for hardening your seedlings and some garden blankets in case there is one of those late cold snaps. On the reassuring side, most plants have about a two week "window" when they are of a good size to transplant.
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