By Phran Novelli

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Upon a giant photo of a tomato, it said ‘$10 of seeds = 2,000 pounds of tomatoes’. That was a sign at the Flower Show, which benefits PHS City Harvest, helping hungry Philadelphians eat fresh food every year. It’s also a reminder of how few seeds it takes to feed a lot of people.

Seed packets are so small and light it’s easy to get carried away; but if you’re looking to plant some this spring, remember, you don’t need very many. Two or three tomato plants are plenty for a family of four to enjoy as they ripen this summer.

Wasted food is a shame and if you grow it, food that goes uneaten is also a waste of your time, water, soil, mulch and money. Of course, you can share the bounty with friends, neighbors and the needy, but if you plant more than you can handle, then fall behind on watering, weeding, and feeding, you won’t have much to eat or share anyway! So, remember, it’s often smarter to start just a few seeds for yourself and pass along the rest of each packet to friends and neighbors now – so they can plant a few too.

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