Only having started my own seeds for a few years, I am still trying to get the timing right. The week I plan to harden them off it invariably is too cold, or cloudy and raining, or 90 degrees and sunny, and its too hot for them. I have 2 days off at a time, but by the 3rd day I need to be at work, not at home toting them back in after a couple hours. How do working people handle this? If I start them a little earlier to allow a little extra time if I need it to harden them off, then they get too big, but I guess that is the lesser of the evils. Everyone, including myself, wants to plant out as soon as the weather is appropriate, but I have a hard time making sure the plants are ready. Can I leave them out in a shaded spot, maybe the north side of the house all day by the third day? Ideal would be that they are ready to plant out Mid May, although many years the weather does not cooperate and it needs to be late May. Planning 6-8 weeks plus time to harden off, I plan to start them next week.