Hi.  My name is Al.  I live in Ireland with my beautiful wife Astra.  We got married in June 2011 after meeting in 2006 and living a fantasy lifestyle of love, travel and laughing like kids everyday.

I’m 32 years of age and I am a graphic designer.  I love my job and I get a buzz creating cool ideas for people.  I meet a fantastic range of people which I enjoy as I’m a chatty guy in general.

I also love photography which is a bit of an other hobby and hopefully that will be useful in this blog with any visuals I use here.  I hope to create a visually stimulating blog with information that other chilli growers might find interesting and informative.

I decided to start up a blog after failing to find much info on home chilli growing in this climate (especially in Ireland) and I wanted to show that you can get very successful results in this part of the world without spending a fortune on expensive lighting and growing apparatus.

I have been growing my own chillies for two years but previous to that I hadn’t grown anything apart from spuds. I came across some Cayenne Chilli seeds in my wife’s seed collection and decided to give them a go.  My first yields were so abundant I’ve been hooked ever since.

I hope you enjoy my posts and I intend to keep adding extra pages with various info as I go.


7 thoughts on “About

  1. This is such a cool idea! Which variety is growing the best? Which would you recommend to grow? I live in London and don’t have a garden so it would need to be indoor friendly…

    • chillininja says:

      Hi Vered. Thanks for checking out my blog! I would recommend three varieties that are easy to grow and yield a lot of fruit – Jalapeno, Cayenne & Filius Blue. They don’t grow particularly big so won’t take up too much space either. It also depends how spicy you like your chillies: for example Jalapeno is mild but the Cayenne & Filius Blue are both Medium – Hot, so keep that in mind. I hope this is helpful.

      • Awesome! I use jalepenos a lot for mexican cooking, but I usually buy them in a jar! I love hot spicy food too so maybe I’ll try one or two of these types! Thanks for the help! And thanks for checking out my blog too. V

  2. Hi Al,
    I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. There’s more info here: http://eatnowtalklater.wordpress.com/

  3. Hi! Great blog! How much time do Fatalii seeds take to germinate?

    • Chilli Ninja says:

      Thanks! Ah, Fatalii are one of my favourite varieties to grow. Depending on your climate or growing conditions they should germinate between 2 – 4 weeks but can take a bit longer in some cases. I hope this helps.

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