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Tips for keeping gardens hydrated during the heat wave

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While people are focused on staying hydrated during the heat wave, plants will also needed a some extra care while the temperatures increase.

FOX 12 spoke with experts at Dennis' 7 Dees in Cedar Hills on Tuesday to grab some gardening tips.

In order to help keep plants alive and thriving during the heat wave, experts say it's all about the water.

The best time of the day to water is early morning when it is the coolest. This will allow the water to run down into the soil and reach the roots without too much excess water lost to evaporation.

And while many may not realize it, some parts of the vegetable garden may actually be doing well in the high temps.

"Vegetables that love this kind of heat are going to be your tomatoes and your peppers. Your peppers thrive in heat," said Brooke Chamberlain. "Right now, we're all about water, trying to keep an eye on all the plants right now, morning and night."

The experts also say it's probably not a good idea to plant anything new now. They say wait until the temperature falls below 90 degrees.

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