About Carole

Hello I’m Carole West

I’m a wife, author, gardener, and entrepreneur who enjoys country living. My husband, Robert and I are teaming up to develop and sell tiny house homesteads. We focus on moving forward and doing more.

How it all Began,

Garden Up Green began in 2014 with the desire to communicate simple, effective, natural gardening techniques. Gardening was introduced by my Italian Grandma; she raised her family during the depression and gardened into her 90’s. She always encouraged doing more and our time together was priceless. I remember riding my bicycle to her home where we worked, laughed and enjoyed good food together.

When we moved our family to the farm these lessons were implemented in addition to cultivating new skills. Direct Composting is one of many techniques she passed down; I’ve shared it here and with Grit Magazine. This practical tip has helped gardeners across the country reduce their composting effort and establish amazing soil.  That’s just awesome!



Garden Up Green Offers

The blog offers uncomplicated gardening advice and projects that are helpful, fun and easy to duplicate. If you’ve ever had a desire to build or discover doing more then you’re in the right place. You’ll also find details about raising quail  and our Tiny Homestead project. 

These topics can be found at the top of the blog and new content is located on the Home Page. 

Living closer to the land has been life changing for both Robert and I, something about country air inspires positive activity. It’s my goal to share our journey and encourage others to follow their dreams.

To many times we give up on the dreams God has set aside for us.  We never gave up and continued moving forward with faith, making our lifestyle complete.


Beyond Garden Up Green

Garden Up Green has been blessed from the beginning with guest writing for Texas Home and Garden in 2014, that led to public appearances and live workshops.  It was a blast forcing me to get out of my comfort zone and I liked it…

I’ve published two books and have a new make your own Garden Book available that is perfect for all types of gardeners.  Freelance writing grabbed my attention for printed publications and I’m doing workshops again, get details here.  We’re having fun, working hard and it’s exciting to watch it all unfold.  Join us here.