The time has come to plan this year's garden. In addition to amending the soil and determining which seeds will work best in your climate, there is another important consideration you need to keep in mind: how many seeds should you buy? If you are planting to sell the crop or want to preserve the flowers or vegetables, purchasing bulk seeds is a great option.

Follow these simple dos and don'ts as you purchase bulk seeds for your backyard garden.

Do Prepare the Garden Before You Purchase the Seeds

You are excited to start planting and are ready to purchase seeds. However, before you get ahead of yourself, realize it is important to create the ideal environment for the seeds to grow. Map out your garden and prepare the soil as needed before you start ordering seeds. This will ensure that when the seeds arrive, you are prepared to start planting right away.

Don't Wait Too Long to Order or Purchase Your Seeds

It is important to create the proper environment for your seeds to grow and thrive before ordering the seeds. However, it is equally important not to put this off too long. Remember, there are several other growers ordering bulk seeds at the same time as you. The more popular the seed, the more quickly the seed will sell out.

Once you are in the end stages of preparing your soil for planting, search online or head to your local greenhouse to order or purchase your bulk seeds. This will ensure that you will be at the front of the line and are able to order as many seeds as you need to plant a successful and thriving garden.

Do Find the Ideal Place to Store Seeds

Depending on the variety of seeds, you can buy some types of seeds for several months or even years. Because you are purchasing in bulk, there is a chance you will have seeds left over at the end of the planting season. Store your seeds in a cool, dry place that is away from direct sunlight.

Storing seeds in an airtight container or even a cold storage container is a great way to ensure the seeds do not become moist, which is the quickest way to spoil the seeds. No matter what type of storage you choose, always label the seeds. If you choose cold storage, allow the seeds to slowly rise in temperature, as a rapid rise in temperature could damage the seeds.

Buying seeds in bulk is a great way to save money. However, make sure to keep these dos and don'ts in mind to ensure you properly purchase, store, and plant your bulk seeds. Contact a local supplier, such as North Roots Herb Farm, to learn more.