Startle Garden

Startle Garden, Grow your Best Garden

Carole West brings you simplified gardening methods from the ground up.  Startle Garden is your guide to growing naturally by choosing the right space for smaller raised beds. Imagine growing tasty vegetables, bright flowers and healthy herbs right in your backyard. Maybe this is something you’ve dreamed about?  Let that dream come true with this no fluff workbook written from someone who’s been gardening naturally her entire life beginning in grandma’s garden.

This book is designed to get you moving forward with a strong foundation by showing you how to create and manage a garden that doesn’t consume your lifestyle. Family, friends and those driving by will smile with envy from your success because Startle Garden is about presentation and a wow factor experience.

What’s Inside?

Carole will teach you simplified gardening methods proven to work for generations.  Discover 12 chapters of detailed instruction followed by beautiful images from her garden space. A few highlights include her favorite soil tips, managing healthy soil, choosing the right space, seed purchase advice, adding garden flair and more.

Startle Garden is set up like a workbook, with space for planning, notes, assignments and a superb checklist to keep you from skipping steps. This beautiful book will show you how to grow your best garden. So what are you waiting for?  Order your copy today!


What Other’s Are Saying…

Patti Estep, Hearth and Vine

As a home gardener for over 30 years I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to get their fingers into the garden. I am amazed at a how easy to follow the book is and just how comprehensive the information covers. Everything from planning, planting, harvesting and yearly maintenance. The checklists, and extra fill in journal areas are also a great addition, helping the gardener stay on track. Anyone who follows this book would surely have a startle garden that they would cherish.

Joyce Olson,  At Home with Jemma

Carole West outlines six key observations that are often overlooked in creating a Startle Garden. Each chapter is carefully organized and brimming with useful diagrams, tips, eye catching photographs and step by step instructions. I am a hands on learner and I love the workbook approach that she has used. This is certainly a one of a kind gardening book and will be a welcome addition to the novice or seasoned gardener’s Library. Anyone who enjoys gardening should have a copy as a reference, as it is a sure fire step to gardening with success!

Donna Williams,  Funky Junk Interiors

If you love the thought of creating a beautiful garden, but are overwhelmed on where to start, this book is your ticket to success! But don’t be fooled by the beautiful imagery. Carole breaks it down, so you too can create an oasis, even in the smallest of corners!

Courtney Johnson, The Kitchen Garten

Both beginners and seasoned gardeners alike will find valuable gems of information in Carole’s Startle Garden. Her take on the backyard garden contains all of the practical information that you would expect: soil, sowing, maintaining, and harvesting, but it also goes beyond with wonderful tips on how to add flair to your space. We all desire productive and successful gardens, and this book has all of the tools and tips to get you there.

Jennifer Prior, Little Green Farmhouse

Startle Garden by Carole West is my new favorite book. As soon as you open the book, you will be drawn in by Carole’s passion for gardening, a wealth of useful information, and beautiful photos. While it is the perfect book for the novice gardener, it is so much more than that. This is not just a book to read, but rather a book to DO as you go.  Carole includes detailed instructions about a wide variety of topics from building a raised bed garden to creating healthy soil to sprouting seeds and bringing in the harvest.  I love that Carole emphasizes adding beauty and flair to the garden with eye-catching flowers, attractive growing containers, and cute garden signs. This is a book you will not want to skim.  Both the novice and experienced gardener can glean nuggets of inspiration from each page.

Dara Ekanger, Senior Editor Molly Green Magazine

Gardens are always beautiful, but some just “startle” you with their brilliance! That’s the point of this delightful Book from Carole West. With a little bit of planning, you can have a garden that is not only practical and productive for the body, but inspiring and nourishing for the soul.

The book starts out explaining the origin of the “Startle Garden” and gets you going on selecting the right soil, location, and design for your own creation. The author provides details on options for raised beds that you might not have thought of, important steps for preparing and maintaining rich soil (including fertilizer options), and choosing proper plants and flowers for your area. She then provides valuable information on seed selection, germination, and transplanting care.

Chapter 9, “Adding Garden Flair,” is where you get the ideas for personalizing your garden and adding the “fun, artistic items that incorporate personality beyond the planting zone.” Truthfully, I’ve never been that creative in my garden before, but the pictures and ideas she incorporates are so inspiring! I’m going to give them a try this spring.

This book is just what budding and experienced gardeners will enjoy reading during the dark, cold days of winter while we’re dreaming of spring. Get some inspiration for the upcoming season and pick up this beautiful book by Carole West. It’s time to start planning your own Startle Garden!


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