Meet Carole


Hello I’m Carole,

I’m a wife, author, simplified gardener, and entrepreneur who enjoys country life. My husband and I own and operate a small farm in North Texas and recently acquired  a 28 acre  property we’re transforming into a tiny house homestead community.   We focus on living our best life by doing more.

How it all Began,

I began writing Garden Up Green in 2014 with the desire to communicate simple, effective, natural gardening techniques. Gardening was introduced to me through my Italian Grandma; she raised her family during the depression and enjoyed gardening into her early 90’s.  I spent a large portion of my life with her prior to moving in 1999 to Texas, my husband’s home state.  She always encouraged doing more and our time together had a positive impact.

When we moved to our farm these lessons were implemented in addition to cultivating new skills. Country living or any lifestyle is very rewarding when knowledge is applied with a genuine work ethic.

Garden Up Green Offers

The blog offers simplified gardening advice and projects that are helpful, fun and easy to duplicate. You’ll also find detailed information on raising quail in a natural environment and the Tiny House project.

These topics can be found in the tabs bar at the top of the blog and new content is located on the Home page. Each category supports doing more and it’s my goal to bless others by sharing the value of learning.  Garden Up Green continues to inspire others; everything shines bright with God’s guidance and the loving support of my husband, Robert West.


Beyond Garden Up Green

In addition to Garden Up Green I’m a freelance writer, photographer and public speaker.  I’m the author of Startle Garden, Quail Getting Started and Sponges on a Vine. These books help others interested in doing more where they live. My newest book Startle Garden teaches, encourages and guides how to grow your best garden.  I’m currently working on a new publication that I hope to complete by the end of 2017. The following outline represents my work.


Startle Garden – February 2017

Quail Getting Started  – January 2015



Sponges on a Vine, Growing Luffa – March 2017


Freelance Published Articles & Photography

Raising Emus, Molly Green Magazine, Spring 2017

Raising Quality Quail, Hobby Farms Magazine, March/April 2017

Farmer’s Market Sign, Grit Magazine, March/April 2017

DIY Mobile Free Range Chickens, Backyard Poultry Magazine, February/March 2017

Growing Luffa, Countryside Magazine, January/February 2017

Homeschooling with Quail, Molly Green Magazine, Fall/2016

Direct Composting Done Easy, Grit Magazine, July/August 2016

Raising Quail for Dinner, Self Reliance Magazine, Summer/2016

Raising Quail Outdoors, Countryside Magazine, May/June 2016

Backyard Quail Basics, Grit Magazine, March/April 2016

Monthly Content Articles, Idea Center, Texas Home and Garden, 2014 – 2016

The Joy of Raising Quail, From Scratch Magazine, Dec/Jan 2014 – 2015


Live Presentations + Workshops

Freelance Write For Income – The Brighten Workshop, March 2017

Stenciled Signs and Mason Jar Workshops – THG Fall Dallas, September 2016

Tool Box Workshops – THG Fall Fort Worth, August 2016

Homesteading Essentials + Tool Box Workshops – THG Spring Dallas, March 2016

Homesteading Essentials + Tool Box Workshops – THG Spring Fort Worth, February 2016

Building Workshops + Backyard Quail Coop Presentation, THG Fall Dallas, September 2015

Building Workshops + Easy Reach Raised Bed Presentation, THG Fall Fort Worth, August 2015

Bird Feeder Build +Quail Workshops, THG Spring Dallas, March 2015

Bird Feeder Build + Quail Workshops, THG Spring Forth Worth, February 2015

Covered Raised Bed Presentation + Workshop, THG Fall Fort Worth, August 2014


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