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the amount of seeds in a packet

When I started allotmenting 10 years ago I remember being amazed at the number of seeds in some packets of seeds, there were so many that for my requirements I would never use all of them if I had sown them for many seasons yet to come. In particular I remember getting a free packet of Alicante tomato seeds which had enough seeds to last me three or four seasons. Lately I have noticed that seed companies seem to be cutting down on the number of seeds they put in their packets, I suppose that this makes sense in respect of economy and lack of wastage but I was disappointed yesterday to find a packet of Shirley tomato seeds costing over £4 to have only 10 seeds, now that would probably be enough for this season but the practise of buying packets of seeds to use for two or three seasons seems to be long gone.
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