Hardening off/transplanting questions
1) I've been hardening off my plants for four days now. We've had great weather, and today my plants where out for 5-6 hours. Tomorrow the forecast says awful weather, with lots of rain. I can put the plants outside without being hit by the rain - is this still worthwhile, or should I just keep them inside until the weather turns again? If so - do I then start over with the 7-10 days of hardening off?
2) Many of my plants have peppers on them. A Ring of Fire plant has as many as 15, even though the plant is kinda small/stunted. Is it a good idea to pick all the peppers off before planting out, so the plants can focus on growing instead?
3) When a seed package says "80 days from transplanting" - why are plant's seasons measured from transplanting, and not sowing? When exactly is "transplanting"? When the plant is first potted on? Planted outside? Potted into its final pot?