Yes, you can't go wrong by doing that. Set it out, under an eave or a tree so that when the first frosts occur it will get a very light coat. Then it can harden off gradually.
Just before the bitter cold starts to set in (here it's around Christmas time to first week in Jan.) you can move it to it's sheltered place for the balance.
It will get rained on outside so no need to worry about water until it's been under shelter for 2 or 3 weeks and then only water when it feels dryish.
We are always here if you have questions. Good luck with it Abby.
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