It's time to gradually move plants outside

Seeds of vegetable plants and hardy annuals which were sown indoors during February and March should be well up by now and the seedlings developing apace at the moment.

They are ready to be ‘hardened off’ and moved outside. 

Do this slowly and over a week or two. Don’t be tempted to just land them outside as soon as you see a sunny day for it can still get cold at night. 

Move them out for a few hours each day with a view to planting them outside after a week to 10 days.

Sow more of the same seeds now. 

Instead of all of them coming into bloom or harvest at the same time, staggered sowing like this will mean that the blooms and produce can be enjoyed over a longer period of time.

A further sowing can be done for most varieties in a few weeks when many seeds can be direct-sown outside.


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