Online course offers troubleshooting skills for gardeners

UW-Madison Extension will provide self-paced modules and webinars aimed at helping detect problems.

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Alison Moffat, left, shares tomatoes from her garden with Bonnie Strabel, 5, during an open house at the Oakes Avenue Garden in Superior on Aug. 18, 2021.
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UW-Madison Extension will be offering a 12-week online course, "Plant Diagnostics: The Step-by-Step Approach to Identifying Plant Problems" from Feb. 1 through April 30. The course is designed for gardeners who are looking for troubleshooting skills. Participants will learn the step-by-step process for identifying plant problems in gardens.

The online course is self-paced with 13 modules that include videos, reading and interactive activities. Two live webinars, “Putting the Process into Practice: Real World Diagnostics,” led by Extension educators and “Meet the Labs!” presented by diagnostic lab directors are also included. Anyone interested in becoming a better gardener and detecting problems as they arise is invited to participate.

Registration is open through the end of January. The cost for the series is $99 for the general public and commercial professionals and $49 for active participants in the Extension Master Gardener Program.

Visit or contact course moderator Amy Freidig at for more information.

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