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2/2/12 12:30 P

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thanks so much. That makes perfect sense.

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Hardening off is a process of getting young plants, usually started from seed indoors, accustom to the outdoors. Its should be started 1-2 weeks before you plan on planting the young plants in the ground. Starting with setting the plants outside in partial shade for a few hours on a warmer day and gradually lengthening the time and amount of sun they get. This lets the plants get used to the increased light and the changes in temperature gradually and increases their chance of surviving transplanting.

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Please explain what "hardening off" means and how to do it. Thanks.

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I thought that might be the case, I'm glad I asked, better safe than sorry! Thanks!

My backyard faces north, so in the summer I just put things on the back patio where they get a lot of shade when I harden off in the summer. I'll put these seedlings in the same area but up against the house for the spring planting, chillier but not frosty. Probably would be sunnier in the greenhouse but cooler against the house. The bed they're going in will be between the 2 so that should work well.

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Any time you move plants from inside to outside it is best to harden them off. In early spring, the stress can be as much from the cooler temperatures as from the increased sun. You can probably get away with just a short hardening off period.

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I am planning to start some cool weather seeds next month to get them started. I know you have to harden off summer things so they don't get burned or stressed when you take them from greenhouse to garden, but do you need to harden off, say broccoli or cilantro when the spring temps won't be as hot or the sun as bright? Is the possibility of stress as much a factor with spring plantings as later in the summer?

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