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Kathy Carroll of K's Nursery in Colton offers tips on caring for plants in the heat

PMG PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - Kathy Carroll of K's Nursery says plants need extra water and fertilizer during a heat stretch.

Kathy Carroll of K's Nursery in Colton offers tips on how to take care of plants and gardens during the heat attack we have been experiencing in the northern Willamette Valley the past weeks.

When asked for her professional advice on the best way to keep plants growing and save them from becoming scorched vegetation, Carroll said the following.

"Plants will need plenty of water in this hot weather," she said. "Check them often and water deeply. Because of the heat they also need to be fertilized more often with a water-soluble fertilizer. If you fertilize normally once a week, do it twice a week. They will respond favorably. It is best to water and fertilize your garden early in the morning and if your plants start turning yellow, you should back off on the water. They can use only so much."

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