Meet Carole

Hello, I’m Carole West

A simple person living in the countryside of North Texas with my husband Robert.   We were called to the land in 2009 so we bought a small farm that restored our lives.

Since then a lot has changed, we’re empty nesters, live tiny, develop land and we encourage others to get back to basics.  Doing more has brought forward a sense of contentment that influences positive activity and I love that.

I enjoy sharing the skills I’ve learned that compliment gardening, homesteading, and my favorite raising quail.  Oh, and I really love to build creative projects.

A good day for me would be tinkering in the garden or working beside Robert clearing land.

Why I Started Garden Up Green

Garden Up Green began in 2014 focused on sharing simple gardening advice I learned from my Italian grandmother.

She was a sweet lady who raised her family during the depression and gardened into her 90’s.  She taught me how to garden, cook and do all sorts of things.  I wanted to share this goodness with others so I started this blog.

Our time together was priceless and she always encouraged doing more. I remember riding my bike to her home where we worked, laughed and enjoyed good food together.

A Green lifestyle offers many things…

The blog offers a sense of green living that goes beyond the garden.  You’ll find helpful DIY projects that are easy to duplicate, compliment gardening and fun for the home.  You can even create with me at one of our Make and Take Workshops. 

You’ll also be introduced to my passion for Raising Quail and Tiny House Living.  Life here is simple and it’s my goal to reassure others that by doing more you can experience a great life.

Robert and I embrace life through faith, a positive attitude and by working hard.  Our life in the countryside really is great.

Blessings that follow…

By working hard blessings followed and it was thrilling to be featured with THG.  A long list of featured articles can also be found in Magazine publications and I even found time to publish a couple books.

Our Make & Take Workshops help teach others new skills and Quail Grove keeps us both busy giving a whole new meaning to the word, Grit.

Remember to visit our shop for exclusive products focused on helping others do more and don’t forget to sign up for our Newsletter Here. 

I’m so glad you found us!


1 Thessaloians 4:11-12

And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, 

so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.