By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
Hardening off is a step that many inexperienced gardeners skip as the “gardening bug” erupts as temperatures rise.
But this step is very crucial to a gardener’s success.
Hardening off is the process by which seedlings are gradually exposed to the outside environment.
Wind, temperature, and light intensity are all different outside then what the seedling is used to inside. If this step is skipped leaves get burned and the plant goes through unneeded stress that can cause death of your seedling. Hardening off is not a difficult process to fit into one’s busy schedule and in my personal opinion should take about 3 weeks total before you can safely leave them outside.
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