Teresa Odle


Name: Teresa Odle

Title: Contributing Writer and Editor

Teresa Odle is a writer and editor who has lived and gardened throughout the mountains of arid New Mexico. She joined the Bob Vila team as a freelancer in March 2020, editing and writing helpful articles mostly on gardening and outdoor living.

Expertise and Experience

Teresa has worked in online, print, and social media spaces as an editor and writer for more than 20 years. She is the former editor of African Violet Magazine and has contributed articles or blog posts to Out Here Magazine, Home Wizards, Curiosity, Su Casa Magazine (South), Southwest Gardening, Gardening Know How, Green Profit Magazine, Gardening Products Review, Plant Addicts, Cengage Learning, and national feature syndicates. 

In 2015, Teresa founded Gardening in a Drought, a blog dedicated to gardening in dry climates and her experiences growing native plants and vegetable gardens on 4 acres in southeastern New Mexico. The blog received the top digital writing award in 2016 from the Garden Writers of America (Garden Communicators). She now focuses on garden/health and writing/editing.

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AUGUST 11, 2023 | FRIDAY
13 Natural and Effective Ways to Kill Weeds

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JUNE 27, 2023 | TUESDAY
What Are Forever Chemicals?

Substances we now call “forever chemicals” have been in use worldwide since the 1940s. These per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are chemicals developed to help resist water, greas...

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Curb appeal matters when you’re selling your house, but it can also be a point of pride. The same is true of the condition of the backyard area where you entertain. Sometimes, messes or u...

APRIL 18, 2022 | MONDAY
Side Yard Upgrade: 14 Ideas for Transforming This Forgotten Outdoor Space

Style on the SideSide yards often are narrow and more utilitarian in nature (think faucets and hoses, garbage or recycling containers, and storage). But with a little planning and creativ...

APRIL 8, 2022 | FRIDAY
17 Surprising Ways to Use Steel Wool Around the House

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With these clever products on hand, DIYers can fix plumbing, carpentry, and a host of other household problems.

13 Low-Cost Solutions for an Ugly Lawn

A well-kept, green lawn doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Discover these affordable ways to get your landscape into shape.

JULY 27, 2020 | MONDAY
Solved! When Is the Best Time of Year for Spraying Fruit Trees?

Q: The fruit on several fruit trees in my garden grows poorly and the leaves look bad. I probably need to spray the trees, but don’t know how or when to go about it. Can you tell me when ...

JULY 7, 2020 | TUESDAY
5 Simple Steps to Overseeding a Lawn

A full, green lawn creates curb appeal and makes you feel like sipping an iced tea on the back patio. But if bare spots peek through and weeds overpower the grass, the lawn might be more ...