Welcome, I'm Carole

I teach others how to garden and raise quail.  I'm also a wife, mom of two and now empty nester.  By day, I spend time writing and take joy in working outdoors.  

Garden Up Green was launched in 2014 in the heart of Texas.

I've been published in several national magazines, led workshops and demonstrations for THG, then continued those events in neighboring cities.  

Self-publishing followed, this avenue fell in line with keeping things simple, sharing my true voice and helping others succeed.

I’ve been gardening for 40 plus years and began raising quail 6 years ago with great success.

Always Focused

The mission at Garden Up Green is to motivate, teach and help you grow your best garden and raise quail.

We provide solutions proven to work for generations through easy to use resources that energize activity.


Gardening for me began in the Pacific Northwest with my grandmother. She raised her family during the depression and had this practical way of doing things.

Growing up, we spent a lot of time together laughing, gardening and cooking.  Friends, I learned a lot from her.  

I applied her savvy expertise and continued gaining knowledge because the truth is, we never stop learning.

When we settled our family in Texas, mastering how to garden with all types of soil became necessary.  I was determined to figure it out, simplify the process and over the years discovered success.

I created a system called, Startle Garden. An approach using smaller and taller raised beds, decreasing hours of maintenance.

This setup helped me focus on establishing a prosperous garden, working with all soil types without skipping steps. 

From flowers, berries, vegetables and herbs I love growing through the seasons.  To say I'm blessed, would be an understatement.  


Raising Quail

I started raising quail back in 2014.  

At the time we were living on a small farm and I was tired of traditional poultry.  To spice up our diet adding quail made perfect sense.

After successfully raising my first bobwhite flock, I was hooked.  Coturnix quail are also awesome, however native breeds are in a league of their own.

All my quail, coturnix and bobwhite have been ground raised in a natural environment. This matches their God given instincts in which these birds were created.

Adding quail is a neat way to add self-reliance to any lifestyle without a whole lot of commitment.

I'm a Busy Lady

I'm definitely a busy lady and not one to sit around or waste time.  Engaging in positive activity is something I clearly picked up from my grandmother.

My husband and I have rooted our lives in the Texas countryside, where the land is pure with God's amazing creations.

I find it’s the journey that helps us grow, especially when we focus on doing good and being thankful for all we’ve been blessed with.    

Smiles and Sunshine -Carole West

You may also enjoy my new blog, Follow The Light.

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