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The process of moving seedlings from the warmth and protection of the house or greenhouse outdoors into the garden is called “hardening off.” This most delicate time in plant growth, following weeks of careful nurturing of small plants from seed, leaves the gardener at the mercy of outdoor elements often unpredictable and fast changing. While getting an early start to the vegetable garden is essential for a good season, getting caught by a sudden cold snap can destroy most tender seedlings.

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The Right Way to Move Plants Outdoors

The Right Way to Move Plants Outdoors

It can be easy to grow small plants inside the home. But what happens when they get bigger? Plant scientist and gardening expert Lee Reich says plants that start indoors need to be treated carefully before they can safely remain outdoors.

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It's important to take steps to acclimatize seedlings before planting outside, or you risk losing your plants and wasting all your hard work. This is a process known to gardeners as 'hardening off'.

How to Harden Off Indoor-Sown Plants

It's important to take steps to acclimatise seedlings before planting outside, or you risk losing your plants and wasting all your hard work. This is a process known to gardeners as 'hardening off'...

It is all very well raising wonderful seedlings indoors but unless they can make the transition to outdoors it will all be wasted effort. Hardening off is the process of making this transition.

How to Successfully Harden Off Seedlings

It has been said that being a good parent involves first learning to have your child around you 24/7 and then learning to let them go. I think raising seedlings is very similar. At first giving them all the attention they need to have the best possible start is the vital thing. But soon it’s the letting them go that’s important, particularly when prize seedlings that have been nurtured for two months are about to face the outdoor world. As the grand day approaches, the last thing you want is…

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For hundreds of generations, humans all over the planet have been growing crops and saving seeds from their best plants to sow the following season. Seeds have a rich history and are very important to agriculture.

We're about vegetable growing in a small urban garden within a large modern city. The aim is to get maximum plant growth out of minimal available space.

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With sunny afternoons it's worth getting young plants outside for a few hours. Young plants crave sun more than anything so gentle exposure is very good.

We're about vegetable growing in a small urban garden within a large modern city. The aim is to get maximum plant growth out of minimal available space.

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At this time of year a house can become congested with boxes of plants waiting to go outside. Unfortunately April can be very un-spring like lasting days.

It is all very well raising wonderful seedlings indoors but unless they can make the transition to outdoors it will all be wasted effort. Hardening off is the process of making this transition.

How to Successfully Harden Off Seedlings

It has been said that being a good parent involves first learning to have your child around you 24/7 and then learning to let them go. I think raising seedlings is very similar. At first giving them all the attention they need to have the best possible start is the vital thing. But soon it’s the letting them go that’s important, particularly when prize seedlings that have been nurtured for two months are about to face the outdoor world. As the grand day approaches, the last thing you want is…

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Growing vegetables: a guide to 'hardening off'

It's time to plant young seedlings, raised indoors, out in the garden or allotment. But do it too abruptly and you'll kill them. Lucy Chamberlain explains how to 'harden off' plants safely

We're about vegetable growing in a small urban garden within a large modern city. The aim is to get maximum plant growth out of minimal available space.

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The first warm days of spring is time to start hardening off plants that have been raised indoors. Protecting young plants from cold wind & snails is vital

We're about vegetable growing in a small urban garden within a large modern city. The aim is to get maximum plant growth out of minimal available space.

Welcome to the BKG Homepage - Diary of a Brussels Kitchen Garden

The most delicate time in plant growth process, moving seedlings from warmth & protection of indoors or greenhouse into the garden is called hardening off