Hargest discusses pests and plant sales with Press Herald

Pamela Hargest, a horticulture professional with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Portland Press Herald for a story about how invasive pests have impacted plant sales. Hargest says a strategy that can help minimize the spread of pests like winter moth and jumping worms is to rinse the roots of any perennials dug from local gardens and replanting them in peat-free mix before bringing them to a sale. The article also noted the upcoming plant sale hosted by Cumberland County Master Gardeners at Tidewater Farm in Falmouth. “We have kind of transitioned to posting our plant sale on Saturday of the Memorial Day weekend because that is the earliest time to plant your tender summer crops,” Hargest says. CentralMaine.com shared the Press Herald story.