Welcome, I’m Carole West

I wear a lot of different hats, the most important is wife to Robert of 27 years.  I’m also an author, product creator and founder of Garden Up Green.

The blog was published in 2014 as something I could do after the nest emptied.

I was a stay at home mom for 21 years and knew going back into the workforce was not a consideration.

Writing was something I’ve always enjoyed; I love the outdoors and have fond memories of gardening with my grandma since childhood.

Bringing all this together in one platform became the perfect fit.

These days we’re focused on teaching others how to garden and raise quail in a natural environment. We provide solutions proven to work for generations through helpful resources that are easy to access and use.

About us…

Garden Up Green is founded on keeping things simple in the garden and enjoying life.

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

Growing up she and I spent a lot of time together; it was pretty fantastic like a second home I never wanted to leave.

Over the years I applied the knowledge she shared and added my own twist.

I’m here to help you understand the gardening process without feeling overwhelmed because I really do believe anyone can grow their best garden.  

For existing gardeners, we offer helpful tips that solve common problems.  You’ll also find a variety of projects for those looking to maximize or scale down their space.

I’m focused on helping our readers enjoy the outdoors and feel refreshed in their daily lives. We believe in setting goals and feeling satisfied with the outcome.

Raising Quail…

I started raising quail at our farm. We purchased that property to teach our kids how to be self-reliant.  That was an amazing journey and sometimes overwhelming.

Raising quail came about the same time the blog was published.  I was looking for something new and my focus was based on providing a natural habitat.

My goal now days is to help repopulate the quail decline in Texas. This has given me new ideas in addition to raising for eggs and meat.

Discover Quail Getting Started Here.

Quail Grove Project…

When the nest emptied Robert and I purchased more land and sold the farm.

This new acreage is our biggest project yet because together we decided to develop a Tiny Homestead community, we named Quail Grove. 

We live tiny in our RV and that came with a few challenges. Just wrapping my brain around downsizing took me a while to embrace.

When I figured it out, I discovered letting go is a healthy activity and we absolutely love our new lifestyle and the freedom it offers.

My time is spent with Robert, we’re almost always together and we wouldn’t have it any other way.  We enjoy each other’s company and have the best time living life.

The blog has offered me this amazing opportunity to reach others seeking that same kind of enjoyment we radiate here.

Not only do I write about gardening, raising quail and the Quail Grove project but I share inspiration to lift the spirit.

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

I hope you’ll join our community and be inspired.  Get our Newsletter Here.