Jerry Poole waters a row of beans at his family’s Grandview Road garden. Poole said they try to work in the garden only early morning and evening as the mid-day heat makes it almost unbearable.
He has added a wide-brimmed hat in recent years as standard attire for sun protection when outside.
The Poole family are regulars at farmers markets around the area and supply a wide variety of vegetables, including squash, which can be seen staked to the white pipes behind Poole. Poole said his brother Danny got that idea for staking the plants that usually run spread along the ground after reading how Native Americans grew their squash.
Poole said they have two fields that are well irrigated so the dry weather hasn’t been a problem for them but they do need to do some hand watering on the younger plants, like the beans shown above.