MILFORD >> The Friends of Milford Library and the Milford Recreation Department’s Benson-Crump Memorial Community Gardens Program will present their 15th season co-sponsoring three gardening lectures this spring at the Milford Public Library at 57 New Haven Ave.

All are free and begin at 6:30 p.m.

The presenter is by Rachel Ziesk, certified advanced Master Gardener at pollen-urban farming and beekeeping, instructor specializing in organic growing techniques for vegetable gardens, and former coordinator and teacher for the New Haven Land Trust. For more information, call Nancy at 203-783-3307 or Linda at 203-783-3280, ext. 8.

• Wednesday, March 30: “Seed Starting Done Correctly.” Learn all you need to know to correctly start your own seeds indoors for the season. Find out which seeds do best direct planting and which can be started outdoors. Pick up some tips on growing timetables and which seeds do and don’t need fertilization.

Ziesk goes step by step through the process so seedlings will be strong and healthy and talk about the best local and online seed companies to do business with.

• Wednesday, April 27: “Warm Weather Crops.” Everything a gardener needs to know about crops that thrive in warm weather.

What conditions each one needs to get started and to grow productively, what vitamins/organic fertilizers to use, when and where to plant, and what the maturity growing timeframe is for each variety.

Ziesk will touch on popular growing crops including melons, eggplant, peppers, vine and root veggies and herbs.

• Wednesday, May 18: “Pests, Disease and Organic Controls.”

There are many pests and diseases that can harm a garden. Many can be avoided through early identification and prevention.

Ziesk will provide tips and information on organic approaches and products to use as well as a reference list of resources to help a garden thrive, bug and disease free.