Meet Carole

Hello, I’m Carole West

A simple person living in the countryside of northeast Texas with my husband Robert.

10 years ago, we bought a family farm that encouraged a simple lifestyle. Since then a lot has changed, we’re empty nesters, sold the farm, purchased more land and live tiny.

We now encourage others to get back to basics by doing more.  By simplifying we discovered a sense of contentment that influences positive activity and it’s been amazing.

We’re in the process of establishing a Tiny Homestead Community where I enjoy sharing skills that compliment gardening, homesteading and my favorite raising quail. Oh, and I really enjoy building.

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 when we lived on our farm, focusing on uncomplicated gardening advice I learned from my Italian grandmother.

Grandma was a sweet lady who raised her family during the depression and gardened into her 90’s.

She taught me all sorts of things and because I enjoy writing, blogging became a neat way to share.

Our time together was priceless and she always encouraged doing more telling me, “One day people will need this kind of help.”  She was definitely wise by planting many gifts in my soul.


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 simple living.

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 is peaceful.

Beyond the Garden…

It was thrilling to be a part of THG.  Published Magazine articles can be found here and I’ve even published books and a series of printables.

Quail Grove keeps us both busy giving a whole new meaning to the word, Grit.

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I’m so glad you found us,

Welcome Home!


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.