The Heart Behind Startle Garden

I remember my first blog post like it was yesterday with fond memories thinking what sets Garden Up Green apart from all the other gardening blogs.  Without a great deal of soul searching I knew this blog was going to have heart and real life wisdom passed down through generations.

I knew writing a gardening book was in my future but with so many out there I wasn’t sure the world needed another.

But then something happened over the course of two years.  This blog began to grow and I found that others were embracing simplified gardening methods.  The opportunity to teach and encourage others to pick up a shovel was happening.

Then one morning last summer I was watering the garden where I had this experience that was beyond inspiring, to the point I couldn’t even speak, I know hard to believe…

After sharing it with Robert we started bouncing ideas across the air and Startle Garden was born just waiting for me to begin writing.

In the book I actually say, “It was like a wow here and a pow there and I wanted to dance” I never imagined a morning chore would encourage such a neat gardening book.

My goal is always focused on the end result and I thrive by sharing in the most simplistic way possible to get there because I understand that life today is over stimulating.

Gardening doesn’t need to be difficult it’s about understanding the basics, much like riding a bike.

Once the foundation is established we can move forward with confidence.

So, not only did I pour my heart into this book I also wrote in the style of a workbook.  I wanted those reading to really embrace gardening and use this book as a source to moving forward correctly.

This is why I also included a checklist and additional note pages.  I have so many favorite areas in this book but the checklist is a perk because it helps keep you from skipping steps and pulls everything together in one place.

Startle Garden is a piece of my heart passed down from one generation to the next, a Step by Step garden system that really does work.

This book help gardeners grow their best garden, now available in eBook.   

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  1. Jemma says:

    Good Morning Carole,
    I love my Startle Garden Book, it is my favorite go- to gardening manual. I place it on my turquoise table with a pen, and a diet pepsi and I am set for wonderful afternoon of gardening bliss.
    It is a fabulous reference tool and covers many topics that many other gardening books do not.
    Thank you for including me in the project, it has been pure joy for me!

    1. Carole says:

      That’s awesome, it makes me smile when I can help others. I noticed that table in the trees I thought to myself what a perfect spot to relax and rejuvenate. I need to make sure that we keep some of the trees on our temporary spot in that Tiny House Community. Feeling the desire to get out there and create a Startle Garden. Did I tell you I’m putting them in at each homestead.

  2. Carla from Kansas says:

    I am so excited to hear more about your tiny house community.

    1. Carole says:

      We’re waiting for our current farm to sell so we can move forward. Its been difficult with our schedules to try and maintain our current place and work at the other one in the mix of everything else. Can hardly wait though it’s going to be amazing.

  3. Patti says:

    Hi Carole,

    I love that your book is more of a workbook than a coffee table book. It’s so helpful and sharing your extensive experience and easy manner will surely be a huge help to anyone who gardens. I’ve been gardening for years and there are several good takeaways for me in there. Can’t wait till spring.

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you! It’s my hope that it goes beyond inspiring others and they actually do pick up a shovel and begin their own Startle Garden.

  4. Karen says:

    It’s so neat to hear your heart on the inspiration for your book. The memory of that moment is likely etched in your mind forever. Carole, you did an amazing job passing on your wisdom and I love how it’s all right there between the covers of one book. This will be my go-to gardening companion for years to come, and I hope every aspiring and seasoned gardener gets their hands on a copy.

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you so much I’m so glad you found it helpful – I’m going to be working on the companion book next. I sketched out the chapter last weekend and anxious to get started.

  5. Ann Reynolds says:

    I neeeeed that book!

  6. Cecilia says:

    Congratulations Carole! I entered the giveaway but if I don’t win I’m buying the book. It sounds awesome – I like that you made it like a workbook. That always seems to help me stay focused. So excited for you!

    1. Carole says:

      Awesome! there are two other spots to enter so make sure you do that – will increase your chances to win.. The workbook option was a must, it was the only way I could figure out how to keep it from going onto a bookshelf.

  7. daisy says:

    Congratulations on your new book! Good things happen when we listen to our hearts.

    1. Carole says:

      Thanks and very true!

  8. Hi Carole, Congrats, Your newest book looks wonderful and I like the idea of a workbook style that can be referred to over and over and notes added. Thank you for offering such a generous giveaway.
    Have a great weekend. Blessings

    1. Carole says:

      You’re welcome and I did have a great weekend.

  9. Jane says:

    Hi, Carole, I ordered one…can’t wait! Congrats girl

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you so much because it’s so many of my readers, such as you that came to mind while I was writing. So I hope you find it a valuable tool to getting started. I can hardly wait to move because I’m putting in Startle Gardens at every Tiny House Homestead.

  10. Michelle says:

    Congratulations on your book Carole, it looks amazing and filled with passion. I’ve added it to my Amazon wishlist so I can order it as soon as payday arrives.

    1. Carole says:

      Hello Michelle – Startle Garden was so much fun to write and it’s my hope it inspires others to get moving forward with confidence. So far the results have been amazing with those who have already begun. It’s a gem!

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