Author Teresa Odle

Teresa Odle is a professional writer and editor and author of a blog on low-water gardening in the Southwest. Teresa trained as a Master Gardener in Albuquerque, N.M., and now lives on four acres of land with her husband including a large xeric garden and a vegetable garden. The property lies along the Rio Ruidoso in southeastern New Mexico. Teresa's blog, Gardening in a Drought, won a 2016 national award for best writing in digital media from the Association for Garden Communicators (GWA). She also is a co-author of Southwest Gardening Blog and editor of African Violet Magazine. Connect with Teresa on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.


Daisy Rain Sprinkler Pots: Product Review


The Daisy Rain Sprinkler Pot is essentially a large (18-inch), terra cotta-colored flowerpot with a built-in sprinkler. It comes as a kit with all the parts you need to connect multiple pots together with flexible tubing, and even has a timer to control when and how long each pot is watered. The system works extremely well, keeping each pot perfectly watered, even through the heat of a New Mexico summer. Plus, it looks fantastic. Continue Reading


Original Little Burro Wheelbarrow Organizer: Product Review


With well-planned storage compartments and space to securely carry long-handled tools, this sturdy tray solves a common gardener’s complaint – having to lug the same tools back and forth from a shed/garage to the garden every day. The Little Burro Wheelbarrow Organizer fits neatly on top of most standard size wheelbarrows and stays put as you move the wheelbarrow around. And, contrary to what I’d expected, there’s still plenty of room to fully use the Continue Reading


Earthquake® Versa Tiller Cultivator: Product Review


Don’t be fooled by the small package – this is a powerful tiller cultivator that can be operated safely and easily by most gardeners. It’s highly adjustable, with options to use 2 or 4 tines at widths of 11, 16 and 21 inches, and depths up to 11 inches. It’s reliable, starts easily and is highly maneuverable. Anyone who has a new yard or garden with soil that needs to be broken up can save Continue Reading


Garden Weasel Rotary Cultivator: Product Review


The Garden Weasel is used to loosen topsoil, prepare beds by mixing soil or added organic matter, and prepare bare areas of lawn for seeding. The width can be easily adjusted by removing one or two of the three tines, making it flexible enough to use in many different situations. It’s lightweight, rust-resistant and simple to use – just place the head on the ground and roll it back and forth. Continue Reading


Melnor RainCloud Smart Water Timer: Product Review


This 4-valve, smart water timer is controlled from the comfort of your home - or anywhere with internet access. Using the free app or desktop program, you can set and change watering programs for each zone independently and at any time. The control box is hard wired to your modem and the valve unit screws onto your outdoor faucet. It's easy to use, simple to set up, and works like a charm. However, since it Continue Reading


Irrigatia Solar Automatic Watering System (SOL-C24): Product Review


The Irrigatia SOL-C24 is a drip irrigation system that uses solar energy to power a small pump that allows you to irrigate with water directly from your rain barrel – no hookup to a faucet or electrical outlet required! The system is ideal for smaller gardens and patios, and installation is simple and quick. The controller waters only when it’s sunny (so no overwatering on rainy days) and can take care of plants while you’re Continue Reading