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Post  littlejo on 2/29/2012, 11:02 am

I've finally got some seedlings growing and I'm wanting to get them used to being outside.

How do you'all do it?

It's warmer outside than it is inside. I've been putting them outside in the am and bringing them in at night. How long do I need to do whatever before I can chance planting in the garden?

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Re: Hardening Off Time Frame

Post  Squat_Johnson on 2/29/2012, 11:50 am

I have a little oscillating fan on a timer... 5 min each 2 hours. That takes care of the wind part.

Later they will go in the yard for partly shady afternoons, then I move them for _mostly_ full sun for a couple of days.


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Post  Furbalsmom on 2/29/2012, 3:29 pm

It's warmer outside than it is inside. I've been putting them outside in the am and bringing them in at night. How long do I need to do whatever before I can chance planting in the garden?

Are you placing them in full sun? If they have been outside all day for 5 to 7 days, they are already acclimated. How cool are your night temps?

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Post  BackRiver_SFG on 2/29/2012, 3:55 pm

From my Crockett's victory garden book as well as some internet research my plan for hardeing off my seedlings is the following:


Here are my seedlings:


Next weekend I am going to start to bring my seedlings outside in the mid to later afternoon and give them about 2 and later 3 hours of time in my cold frame. The sunlight will not be direct at this point, but will be real sunshine Wink and the temperatures will be setting in. (I also will be placing several large 2 and 3 liter plastic containers filled with water to place in the cold-frame. If I get around to spray painting them black I will).

For teh first week or two this is my hardening off plan. All my seedlings are cold weather crops. The broccoli and cauliflower will go through the same in about a month's time.

Well see what happens! I didn't get anything in the ground until May last year. I'm getting a great head start this year. Best of luck and let me know how it goes and any technique feedback.

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Post  littlejo on 2/29/2012, 6:04 pm

Mine are on the porch, not full sun yet. Night temps been in the upper 40's, but it was 80 today.They are all warm weather plants, tomatos(all kinds), peppers, bell and hot, beetberries, ground cherries, golden berries, watermelon, cantalope, eggplant, garden huckleberry and marigolds. Some are pretty tiny yet, so they will take a while. I'm a bit afraid to set in garden for we may get another slight frost, dogwood winter as it's called. The pine trees are blooming, but the dogwoods haven't yet. Jo

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Post  curio on 2/29/2012, 6:36 pm

I start by moving them out to the front porch on nice days, once the temps are over 40 degrees, with a large dome over the trays, and bringing them back inside at dusk. On poor days, they just have to stay inside under the lights. I have a fan blowing on them for a few hours a day (have to keep a check on moisture in the pots if you do this)
I think that once the night-time temps in the unheated greenhouse are in the mid 40's I'll probably move them out there for a while before planting the cool weather crops under cloches in the beds. Warm weather crops (tomatoes and peppers) will just have to wait.

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