11 May 2010 00:18:41
the joys of hardening off (web pic)
I wonder if we are too soft on our plants sometimes.
This year I have taken seedlings directly from the house to the greenhouse without doing it in stages. As soon as a tray went out to the greenhouse, it was there permanently, including nights. Only twice did I cover seedlings with fleece at night. Obviously it is much easier to do it this way as you don't have to haul multiple plants around. I don't believe any of my plants have suffered for it.
So far this year I have not hardened anything off (between greenhouse and the great outdoors). Mostly because I'm feeling lazy. Hubby started with some peas yesterday but it seems pretty pointless to me. I think the peas can be planted now without any further hardening. It would be good to avois the hardship of hauling plants out and in. Indeed I am very inclined to reduce hardening off times to a few days this year.
The thing is, the greenhouse door, the 8 overhead windows and 2 louvres are open all day every day so it is almost like being outside for my plants.
Does anyone have any views on this?