In 2014 we decided to have a lifestyle change and downsize to a little place in the country. After searching for a few months we found a little bungalow with more than enough land to indulge Loraine’s love of growing vegetables so we sold up and moved to Doddington. The plot was very overgrown but, with a lot of help from family and friends, we turned it into a thriving smallholding including chickens and our first ever poly tunnel. It was during this time that we were given a packet of chilli seeds, and the rest as they say is history!
In early 2017, after running the business for a year alongside her other work commitments, Loraine decided to concentrate her efforts solely on Up the Garden and since then has seen things steadily growing with a dedicated customer base at food fairs and farmers markets and now at various retail outlets throughout Kent.
We now have two poly tunnels where we grown six main varieties of chillies and some sweet red peppers along with numerous beds which nurture our garlic, onions, carrots, beetroot and herbs (as well as all the fruit and veg we need in the house) and a fully fitted commercial kitchen nestling in the corner of the plot so there’s always something needs doing!
Address: Pheasants Retreat Doddington Kent ME9 0BG
Mobile: 07841 48 45 42