A staple in cool climates, it's hard to beat. Extremely frost-resistant; lasts most of the winter if properly mulched. Flavor sweetens after a hard frost. Richer in vitamins and minerals than spinach or chard. One packet = 1 g. = 360 seeds. 1 oz. = 5600-9400 seeds. CULTURE: Sow 4 seeds per ft, 1/4-1/2" deep and thin to 18" apart in rows 24-30: apart. Deep bed spacing 15" apart. SEASON: Cool season. Plant as soon as ground thaws, or mid-July for fall harvest. MIN. SOIL TEMP: 40 degrees Fahrenheit. GERMINATION : 3-6 days. SOIL: pH 6.0-6.8. COMPANION PLANT: Aromatic herbs, potatoes, celery, beets, onion. NOT strawberries, tomatoes, pole beans. PESTS: ROOT ROT: Buy hot water treated seed. CABBAGE LOOPER: Use B.t.FLEA BEETLES: Dust with wood ash or agricultural lime, pyrethrum OR beneficial nematodes. APHIDS: Beneficial insects or soap sprays.