Hor­ti­cul­tural aide mem­oire Har­den off

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden - SCD

By now the glasshouse is full to over­flow­ing with del­i­cate green shoots. Soon they will adorn the gar­den, but first they must be hard­ened off or the low night tem­per­a­tures will re­duce them to purple mush. Trans­fer ev­ery­thing bod­ily to the cold frames and leave the lights se­curely in place. In the sec­ond week, prop the lights open a few inches, clos­ing them if frost threat­ens, and cov­er­ing with mat­ting if need be. In the third week, give as much air as pos­si­ble, keep­ing an eye on con­di­tions. At the be­gin­ning of June ev­ery­thing can, as a rule, safely be planted out.

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