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Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage

Brassica oleracea
Two of the most loved and famous stars to come out of Jersey are Bruce Springsteen and this cabbage.

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Early Wakefield was first brought to Jersey City from England in 1840. Quickly renamed "Early Jersey Wakefield," this compact two-to-four pound cabbage started appearing in American seed catalogs around 1872. Its rise to fame was, in fact, faster and bigger than Bruce's. By 1888 it was the most popular early cabbage in American gardens. In 1895, Peter Henderson gave it a rare New York-New Jersey compliment calling it the "best early cabbage in cultivation." In 1901, 166 seed companies carried this variety. Unlike the disappearances of many previously popular rock stars and heirloom vegetables, Bruce can still sell out a stadium and the USDA still lists EJW among the principal varieties of American cabbage.
Number of Seeds 100 seeds
Spacing in Row 12 to 18 inches
Spacing Between Rows 24 to 36 inches
Planting Depth ⅛ to ¼ inch
Days to Germination 7 to 10 days
Days to Maturity 60 days
Height at Maturity 12 to 18 inches
Width at Maturity 18 to 24 inches

An early season cabbage. Sow under protection in early March (and perhaps again in early April), these types form a pointy head very quickly and are available for harvest from late June through August. To transplant: seeds should be sown in soil blocks or trays at a depth of about an eighth to a quarter inch. The earliest crop can be transplanted to the field in mid-April, spaced twelve to eighteen inches apart in the row.

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