Posted: 13/05/2013 at 13:32
Thanks for the really useful information, Italophile. I will def look at making another trip to get some more pots and stalks to tie the tomato plants. This might sound shocking but I think there were at least a dozen or more seeds in that packet and we were told to sow all at the same time. I think I will throw away the weakest stalks and just keep a few of the strongest as space is somewhat limited on our tiny balcony.
I am actually getting to the point of being extremely annoyed with the Boots, supermarket and B&Q bought grow your own packs. They provide you with the soil, seeds and pot and tell you to sow all of the seeds in the packet without telling you to repot or plant in a garden (which we don't have anyway). For someone with very little knowledge about gardening, it was getting really confusing why all of my homegrown herbs and fruits just wilted and died so soon after germinating. I bought a grow light, plant food, kept the temps warm and kept it watered. Thank God, I found this forum!
Blueboots, thanks for the link - that site is very resourceful. It's actually worrying that these places are setting amateur gardeners up to fail. From now on, I will plant only four/five seeds in a pot! I'm actually wondering if my mint plant is at the end of it's lifespan now as I've given it a bigger pot, took it outside and it doesn't seem to be making much of a difference.