Welcome, I’m Carole West

I’ve had many roles over the years, most important being wife to Robert and mom of two.  Before kids I was a floral designer and for several years had a freelance flower business.

I chose to stay home with our kids and when the nest emptied, it was time to seek something new.

In 2014, I started Garden Up Green.  Shortly after that I began freelance writing and published several books with more to come.

Writing is something I’ve always enjoyed and have fond memories of gardening with my grandma since childhood.

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

These days I’m focused on teaching others how to plan and grow their best garden and raise quail in a natural environment. We provide solutions proven to work for generations through easy to use resources.  I also enjoy sharing how to add garden flair through DIY projects.

About us…

Garden Up Green is founded on keeping things simple.

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 applied the knowledge she shared, continued learning and over the years added my own twist.

I’m here to help new gardeners understand the process without feeling overwhelmed.

For existing gardeners, we offer new ideas that solve common problems.

I created a growing system called,  Startle Garden. This set-up uses smaller and taller raised beds that decrease hours of maintenance.

Startle Garden helped me focus on establishing raised beds correctly, by placing a lot of attention on amending soil.

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 Garden Up Green was published.

I included these cute little birds with my garden and fell in love with all they had to offer.

Discover Quail Getting Started Here.

Moving Forward…

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

This new property was a big undertaking.  Together, we decided to develop acre- properties to sell.

We now live in our RV and love the simplicity it offers.

My time is spent with Robert; sometimes we’re traveling and other times we’re busy working the land.

We enjoy each day and have the best time living life.

Garden Up Green has offered me this amazing opportunity to reach others seeking to simplify gardening, raise quail and pursue the kind of enjoyment we radiate here.

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.

It’s my hope you join us here and if I can help you meet your goals just let me know.     


                                                                           Smiles and Sunshine, Carole West