Start 12 weeks before transplanting. Harden off plants for 7-10 days by reducing water. Set out plants when temperatures are above 60 degree Fahrenheit. To produce succulent stalks, plant on rich fertile soil high in organic matter and irrigate regularly. Can take a light frost. One packet = 250 mg = 450 seeds. CULTURE: Start in flats for 12 weeks at temperature from 60-75 degree Fahrenheit. Transplant 6-12 inches apart in rows. SEASON: Cool season. Transplant after last frost. MIN. SOIL TEMP: 60 degree Fahrenheit. GERMINATION: 10-20 days. SOIL: Moist; pH 6.0-6.8. COMPANION PLANT: Leek, tomato, bush beans, cabbage, cauliflower. PESTS: MOSAIC: Control aphids with beneficial insects or soap and tobacco sprays. BLIGHTS: Rotate crops; buy hot-water treated seed. BLACK HEART: Prevent through adequate calcium.