Meet Carole

Hello y’all, I’m Carole West

An everyday person, living simple in the countryside of North Texas.  My husband Robert and I were called to the land in 2009, it was an unexpected move that changed 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 everyday has brought forward a sense of contentment that influences positive activity and I love that.

I enjoy sharing simplistic skills I’ve learned over the years 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 was established in 2014.  It’s filled with a lot grit and 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 kinds of things.  I wanted to share this goodness with others so I started a 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’re going to 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 on the ground and Tiny House Living.  Life here is simple and it’s my goal to share our adventures and reassure others that having dreams is a great way to live.

Robert and I never gave up on our dreams, we continued to work hard, remain positive and move forward in faith.  It’s been quite the journey…

Blessings that follow…

Blessings continue to follow, beginning with guest writing and workshops for THG 2014 -2016.

From there I pursued self -publishing and ventured into Freelance writing.

I created the Make & Take Workshops as a way to inspire others and teach new skills.

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

We’re focused om helping others do more, it’s the heart of Garden Up Green.  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.