I have started several tomato plants indoors. Can they be planted directly into the garden?

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I have started several tomato plants indoors. Can they be planted directly into the garden?

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Plants started indoors or purchased at a greenhouse should be hardened or acclimated to outdoor conditions before transplanting into the garden.  Initially place the plants in a shady protected location, then gradually expose them to longer periods of sunlight.  After several days of hardening, the tomatoes should be ready to be planted into the garden.  

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