Vegetable gardening is an addictive pastime. Many gardeners start with a few patio plants and move on to a large vegetable patch once they've mastered the basics. Buying seed in bulk makes sense for avid gardeners. Bulk seeds cost considerably less than individual seed packets. Heirloom, organic and high-altitude adapted varieties that are not available in garden stores are often available in bulk. Don't worry about having to use all the seeds at once. When properly stored, seeds last at least one year and as many as 10 years.
Consult a local county extension office to select seed varieties suitable for your area and climate. If you live in a high-altitude area or an area with a short growing season, look for high-altitude adapted or fast-maturing seeds.
Write a list of the crops you want to grow and the particular varieties. Consult seed catalogs or vegetable gardening guides to determine how much seed you'll need for each crop. For example, 60 to 100 pea plants fit in a 10-foot row, according to Washington State University Extension Office. If you want to plant a 20-foot row, you'll need 120 to 200 seeds.
Visit a reliable online bulk seed seller. Most sites list seed varieties and the amount of seed in each pound. You can quickly calculate the amount you'll need for each crop. For example, a pound of pea seed contains approximately 1,660 seeds. If you want seeds for two years, you'll need 1/4 lb.
Order seeds to arrive two weeks before you plan to plant your garden. Plant the seeds, according to package directions.
Give extra bulk seeds to friends or store them in a cool, dry place. According to Colorado State University, seed moisture and seed temperature are the two most critical components of successful seed storage.