Some of the tomato, broccoli, and basil plants that I had started from seed are now a couple of inches tall. It’s time to start the hardening process, their acclimation to the outdoors. This is my plan for hardening them:
- Every day for at least a week, I set them outside. The first day it’s only for about 4 hours. I leave them outdoors longer each day.
- In the beginning, I try to keep them protected from the wind.
Some people will harden their plants for two weeks, but I’m afraid I’m too impatient to do that. My plants will have a week to toughen up.
Hardening is not difficult, just time-consuming, and it’s very helpful (perhaps even essential?) in getting your plants off to a good start in your garden.