MILFORD >> The Friends of Milford Library and the Milford Recreation Department’s Benson-Crump Memorial Community Gardens Program have announced their 15th season co-sponsoring the Spring Gardening Lecture Series at the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave. The three lectures will be presented by Rachel Ziesk, certified advanced Master Gardener at Pollen-Urban Farming and Beekeeping. Ziesk specializes in organic growing techniques for vegetable gardens and is the former coordinator and teacher for the New Haven Land Trust.

The following free lectures are scheduled:

• Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 p.m.: “Seed Starting Done Correctly.” Learn all you need to know to correctly start your own seeds indoors for the coming season. Find out which seeds do best direct planting and which ones can be started outdoors. Pick up some great tips on helpful growing timetables and which seeds do and don’t need fertilization. Rachel will take you step by step through the process so your seedlings will be strong and healthy and she’ll familiarize you with the best local and online seed companies to do business with.

• Wednesday, April 27, 6:30 p.m.: “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 time frame is for each variety. Rachel will touch on all popular growing crops including melons, eggplant, peppers, vine and root veggies and herbs.

• Wednesday, May 18, 6:30 p.m.: “Pests, Disease and Organic Controls.” There are a lot of pests and diseases that can negatively affect your garden that you need to know about. In this lecture, you will learn about them and what you can do to combat them. Many can be avoided through early identification and prevention, but you need to know what to look for. Rachel will provide tips and information on the best organic approaches and products to use as well as a reference list of great resources to help your garden thrive, bug and disease free.

For more information, call Nancy at 203 783-3307 or Linda at 203 783-3280 ext. 8.