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Hardening Off Your Plants

  • April 30, 2013
  • Written by Vicky Berg

If gardeners have started their plants in the house, now that the weather is starting to warm up it is time to start hardening off your plants. If the weather is +5 or warmer start taking your plants outside every day. Start with a couple hours and slowly start increasing the time a little bit every day until it is planting time. Make sure when you first start putting them out that you put them in a well protected area out of direct sun and wind. Make sure also that you keep them well watered as being outside will dry them out quicker than inside.

As soon as the snow is gone and it starts to warm up it is time to start getting your perennial beds in shape. It will be time to clean up all the debris that have blown in during the winter and if you never had the chance in the fall clean up all dead plant material so the new growth won't have to battle through.

This spring has been trying for all of us gardeners but spring will arrive and we will get our gardens in. Don't give up hope!