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Agree. Some are self-pollinating, many are not. Even self-pollinators do better with another one around to help out.
Bays are just about indestructible in my experience, particularly mature ones. I've dug 'em up, used glysophate on root systems, everything. They keep coming back.
Sounds like caterpillars. Bob's right, they're nocturnal. Go out at night with a torch and examine all over the plant, especially underneath the leaves. Pick them off and squish 'em. An excellent organic spray against caterpillars and their ilk is DiPel, derived from Bacillus thuringiensis, a naturally-occurring soil bacteria. You just have to remember to spray both sides of the leaves.
Definitely better outside. Ditto Dove.
I've had crossed seeds from Franchi before. Pity, because they have a decent range.
Once the plant is established it's wise to fertilise with something higher in P and K than N. Too much nitrogen will only encourage vine and leaf growth.
Growmore is high in nitrogen, frensclan, which explains the growth in lieu of flowers, etc. If you're fertilising the plants, stop. Cut back watering, too. Force them to struggle. It might be too late but worth a try.
You're safe to go away. Even with temps in the mid-high 20s you'd still be looking at 3 weeks.
They're not going to ripen overnight, TB. What colour green are the toms? Even if they have started to change from dark green to a lighter green they are still 3 or 4 weeks away from ripeness.