On Saturday, I began hardening off the tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. Their first day outside was spent under the protective shade of a patio umbrella.
There was a light breeze for most of the morning. I was outside doing gardening chores most of the day and kept checking on them to be sure they were watered and not stressed.
By early afternoon, the wind picked up as a cold front began moving into the area. The sky darkened with the threat of a thunderstorm, so K helped me move the plants back inside to the safety back under the lights in the basement.
As I settled the plants under the lights, I found that the tomatoes grew significantly in the short time they were outside. I had to raise the lights so they would fit back on the shelves.