I SHOULDN'T EXPECT to have a happy vegetable garden in Ireland but I can't help comparing my green fields of Ireland to my super productive vegetable harvest in the Garden State of America.
Actually, I don't know if Lancaster County Pennsylvania can lay claim to Garden State because I hear that claim coming from New Jersey. However, our kitchen radio often had WGAL on the dial, where my mom told me the call sign stood for Garden Acres of Lancaster.
Outside our Irish home, we enjoy none of that agricultural productivity of Lancaster County. That is not a slam on the Golden Vale but just a fact of life about the poor soil outside the house and horrid summer we endured.
A combination of bad soil and saturated soil conspired to reduce our cherry tomato harvest to one little morsel every week.
FACT: Bernie Goldbach likes food. But he's not a foodie.