I'm Dominica Esperanza and I run Grow Hot Peppers.
Chile peppers, to me, have always represented the fun, whimsical side of life because they always appear to grow as they please. I love the way that free spirit seems to translate to chile-themed products and festivals too.
I started this site as a personal blog simply to write about my appreciation for hot peppers. Eventually, I tried growing my own plants BUT I had a lot of trouble doing so. I couldn't get anything to make it to the fruiting stage -- that's when I transitioned this site into a resource where I could teach myself and other people how to successfully grow delicious, homegrown peppers.
Here's one of my recent harvests:
Since 2009, I've been using these pages to document everything that helps me consistently grow lots of peppers.
Why Growing Your Own Peppers Is Awesome
Here's why I have a pepper garden. Can you relate to any of this?
More Of My Origin Story
Here's some more of my back story (in case you're interested). I grew up in the city and I was not exposed to growing food as a child. It wasn't until my 20's that I got the urge to grow some habaneros after I met my partner who's family hails from the Yucatan Peninsula. I wanted to bring a familiar taste to our home and be able to share these chillies with my new in laws. I tried over and over again, but I couldn't get those first plants to grow. After many more attempts and a bunch of research, I finally started producing peppers. That's when I began documenting everything on this site so I could reproduce those amazing harvests each year.
After those first few successes, I began looking into all kinds of chile varieties -- the more rare or novelty the better. My favorites (to date) are chocolate habanero, fatalii, trinidad moruga scorpion and spanish padron. I get such a kick out of growing something that I can't get at a store or purchase online. That's why I teach people how to grow chillies from seed so you'll always have that same freedom too.
I'd have to say that peppers were my gateway into gardening. Now, I'm currently growing a plethora of veggies in my backyard. I'll always advocate for being as self sufficient, and free, as possible. I plan to expand this site to explore how to grow other foods besides chillies.
Topics I Write About
I write about all the different growing stages of pepper plants, from starting pepper seeds, watering and fertilizing your plants and winterizing them so they grow for more than one season. You'll also find other topics like chile recipes (both food and drink), the world's hottest peppers and chile pepper health benefits.
Just a heads up...
My background is in technical writing, so I understand the importance of giving people all the information they need to get from point A to point B. With that, comes the need to explain every little detail because I don't want to assume that something is common knowledge. (Thanks for bearing with me!) I consider documenting information one of my superpowers because all of those years writing taught me to think of every possible question a new grower has or doesn't know to ask before undertaking unfamiliar tasks. And personally, it drives me crazy when I try something new and major steps have been left out. I like to finish what I start and that means making sure this site serves you the best way I know how. 🙂
Now you know my goal is to provide the information you need to successfully grow (and enjoy) your own chillies. If this sounds good, please continue below.