Posted: 05/09/2016 at 14:48
Tee hee Hosta
Is it one of those bush or tumbling types Rhiannon? Should have asked that before
Normal practice is to remove lower foliage on the cordon/indeterminate type tomatoes, and also the little sideshoots which appear at the junction between the main stem and the defined branches as the plant grows. If yours is the other type - bush - the care is different I think. I've only ever grown the first type.
I'm not sure there's a lot you can do, other than carry on as you are, but providing a bit more warmth. If there are no flowers though - you don't get any fruit. Tomatoes have a 'shelf life' - there's a limited amount of time for them to do their thing.
If the basil's happy enough just leave it there, but if you can get it out, you could pot it up on it's own and you'll probably get more out of it before the cold weather kills it off.
It's all part of the learning process anyway - perhaps you could get a couple of plants in spring, and have another go, or buy some seeds and start from scratch. I'm sure you'd be more successful if you have plants at the right time. You'll get plenty of help here anyway