Chillies are relatively easy to grow their main requirement is warmth. Key to growing chillies is that they really need warmth, particularly at the early stages. This means starting the plants off, and growing them on at a young stage, either indoors or a heated area. Chillies originate from the tropics which is why they need warm conditions. Unless you want to eat Chillies every day, a couple of plants will keep you well supplied.
Chillies germinate easily from seed if you want to grow your favourite variety. Chillies need quite a long growing season so if you are growing them from seed you will need to start germination early, in March, earlier in the North of England (because there is a shorter growing season,) from late January/early February onwards, provided you have somewhere warm to keep the plants.
To grow Chillies from seed put one/two seeds into a single pot, sprinkle with compost, mist and place in a propagator. Leave to germinate which should take up to 21 days. Ensure you cover the pot in a propagator or with a poly bag during the germination process. Chillies needs to be warm to germinate, and they need to grow on in the warmth only placing outside late in the year when all risk of frost and chill have passed and the weather is warm.
Chillies are ideal for growing in containers, on windowsills and balconies and make a great veg plant where space is limited. There is a range of vegetables which can be grown in containers, for more information about growing vegetables in containers