I've been a lurker around here for nearly a year, and figured it is about time I registered.
I found you all around the beginning of the year when my oldest son (9 then, now 10) wanted to start a garden. I decided I like salsas and can never quite have enough heat in store-bought stuff, I'll grow peppers as "my" part of the garden. I refused to make an investment that was likely to go nowhere, and we grew different seeds from the 4/$1 section. I held no expectations. We only had a 22'x22' back yard to grow in, and most of it was taken up by a 16' pool.
Something about seeing those seedlings pop up had me hooked. Suddenly I had about a dozen ice cube trays with holes drilled, a mega pack of solo cups, and 40ish baby pepper plants, and wanted to give them their best chance. I came here for ideas, and became obsessed with comparing my progress (with reason, again 4/$1 seeds in mediocre at best growing conditions) to those in the Glog section, and seeing what I have to look forward to.
This seems like an amazing community with a lot of amazing people and good humor. I look forward to joining in on the fun this year with my somewhat more serious attempt number 2. I am a complete newbie to growing as well as the varieties of peppers. I have a near-zero budget, but now live on 4 acres, with about a quarter acre separately fenced and completely unused that is screaming to become my grow space. My husband asked me not to grow anything hotter than a habanero in case our smaller kids decided to "be like mommy" and tried to eat a pod, but having that fenced space
may will be my excuse to adventure into hotter territory.
Sorry for being long-winded, but again, hello!