Meet Carole

Hello I’m Carole

I’m a wife, author, simplified gardener, and entrepreneur who enjoys country life. My husband and I are empty nesters focused on the future. We’re selling the family farm in North Texas and moving to our 28-acre property the tiny house homestead community. We focus on living our best life by 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 years ago by my Italian Grandma; she raised her family during the depression and enjoyed gardening into her 90’s.  She always encouraged doing more and our time together was priceless.

When we moved to the farm these lessons were implemented in addition to cultivating new skills. Direct Composting is a technique grandma passed down; I’ve shared it on the blog 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 you’re in the right place. You’ll also find detailed information on raising quail in a natural environment and the Tiny House project.

These topics can be found on the tabs bar at the top of the blog and new content is located on the Home Page; It’s my goal to bless others by sharing the value of learning. My activity is inspired by God’s guidance and my husband Robert West who is my biggest fan.  I’m very blessed to live and share our amazing lifestyle.

Beyond Garden Up Green

In addition to the blog 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.  The following outline represents my work.


Published Magazine Articles and Photography

Raising Emus, Molly Green, Spring 2017

Raising Quality Quail, Hobby Farms, March/April 2017

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

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

Growing Luffa, Countryside, January/February 2017

Homeschooling with Quail, Molly Green, Fall/2016

Direct Composting Done Easy, Grit, July/August 2016

Raising Quail for Dinner, Self Reliance, Summer/2016

Raising Quail Outdoors, Countryside, May/June 2016

Backyard Quail Basics, Grit, March/April 2016

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

Joy of Raising Quail, From Scratch, 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

We’re living our Best life by doing  more each day..

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