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What’s the code for broccoli down?

By Penny Stine

I have learned all sorts of ways to kill tiny seedlings when I try to harden them off as they go from their pampered and privileged upbringing on my plant shelf, under the grow light to the harsh reality of life outside in Grand Junction.

I have killed tomatoes after exposing them directly to the sunlight before they were ready. I have killed lavender and other herbs when the tray on which they were sitting completely blew over in the spring wind. I need a code similar to what first responders use so I can communicate clearly to my fellow gardeners, yet one that allows me to not sound like a heartless plant-killer.  

"Yeah, my seedlings suffered a 2-97 the other day...." 

I put broccoli plants out over the weekend. I didn't kill them, but they got a little beat down, thanks to the wind on Sunday.
I'm begging their forgiveness and allowing them the privileged position directly under the grow lights in hopes they will learn to stand up straight and tall and we can start the hardening off process all over this coming weekend.
I've promised them I won't leave them out there if the wind starts howling, at least not for another week or two.  

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