Answer: Hardening off or conditioning seedlings can be tricky. You are on the right track with starting them in the shade. Make sure the location you have chosen stays shady all day, rather than being shady in the morning and then sunny in the afternoon. Then gradually move them to where they recieve early morning sun, then sun for a longer period each day until they are toughened up and can be planted in the garden or a nursery bed. Also make sure it is not windy, as wind will dry them out very quickly. Keeping the soil moist but not soggy should also help because the little pots can dry out quickly especially if the seedlings are relatively large for their pots.
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