Hargest offers tips on growing microgreens in BDN article

Pamela Hargest, a horticulture professional with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was quoted in the Bangor Daily News article, “How to grow microgreens.” Microgreens take up little space, are often grown indoors, are ready to be harvested in a matter of days and can be cultivated year-round, according to the article. Grown from seed, microgreens are vegetables, herbs and other edible plants, such as sunflowers, that are harvested early in life. Some popular plants to grow and harvest as microgreens are broccoli, peas, beans, radishes, mint and mustard greens, the article states. “A lot of farmers will take advantage of shoulder seasons and grow [microgreens] when it’s not too hot in the greenhouse,” said Hargest, who offered advice on topics including seed placement, watering and harvesting. Harvest time can also depend on the plant type, the BDN reported. “For certain microgreens, there’s actually a very short window when the flavor is really good,” Hargest said.