If your seedlings are to live through the shock of being transplanted outdoors, you need to gradually expose them to the sun, wind and spring temperatures. Just like people, plants can become sunburned, windburned or chilled if they aren't toughened before they're exposed. This process is called "hardening off."
Cole crops are hardier than many of the vegetables you transplant into the garden, but their yield will be much better if you give them time to harden completely.
|1. The Cole Crop Family|
|2. Broccoli Essentials|
|3. Cabbage Essentials|
|4. Cole Crops and Soil|
|5. Planning for Cole Crops|
|6. Fall Cole Crop Bonus|
|7. Hardening-Off Your Cole Crops ← you're on this article right now|
|8. Starting Cole Crop Seeds Indoors|
|9. Brussels Sprout Essentials|