Welcome, I'm Carole

My walk-through life has inspired many different roles, most important I'm a christian, wife and mom of two. 

In 2014, Garden Up Green was launched and the journey has been amazing.  

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

Self-publishing my books allowed presenting my true voice.  This avenue fell in line with keeping things simple, sharing my story and helping others succeed.

I’ve been gardening for 40 plus years and started 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 the expertise she shared and continued gaining knowledge because the truth is, we never stop learning.

After moving to Texas digging deeper became necessary.  This brought forward a neat, manageable way to garden.

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 raised on the ground in a natural environment. This matches their God given instincts in which these birds were created.

Adding quail is a neat way to create a little 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.    -Carole West

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.  Against such things there is no law.