10 Reasons Why You Should Grow More Peppers and Less Tomatoes in Your Garden

Alright, this is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com. Today I have another exciting episode for
you coming from my backyard garden. Still in the height of pepper and tomato season
here. I now many of you guys, your season might
be a little bit over but its time to start planning for next season and start figuring
out what you’re going to plant for next season. So, the video today is 10 reasons why you
should grow more peppers and less tomatoes. You know, I love peppers and I’m biased. I love peppers a lot more than I like tomatoes
and in this video what we’re going to do is we’re going to share with you 10 reasons why
I think you should definitely grow more pepper instead of tomatoes in your garden for next
year. So, the first reason why you should grow more
peppers is to be different. Dare to be different. I like going against the grain myself, and
the tomato is the number one grown vegetable for home gardeners. If you’re going to grow something usually
people grow tomatoes and not peppers. I like to be being different, except when
I’m going against the grain in traffic. The last time I went like against traffic
flow, not cool. I was getting off an off-ramp, you know, off
the freeway and then I kind of like misjudged where I was supposed to go because there was
no like lane markers and I was going against the traffic and I’m like, ‘oh crap, this is
not good.’ So, go against the grain by growing peppers
but don’t go against the traffic. Reason number 2 why you should grow more peppers
instead of tomatoes is because you can fit more plants in and have more babies to take
care of. Actually, yeah, we’re talking about a four-foot
circular bed here, and in a four foot circular bed I can fit about 8 tomato plants and in
the same area I fit abut 13 or 14 I believe pepper plants and you can actually grow them
closer together. So, my tomato plants would be spaced maybe
18-24 inches apart and, you know, they branch out and spread and get gnarly and these guys
just pretty much grow straight and erect and I have them all staked up here to grow them
vertically and you can fit a lot more plants in instead of less tomatoes. Reason number 3 to grow more peppers instead
of tomatoes very simply disease resistance. Check this out. Here’s my tomato plant. It got something. It caught something. I don’t know exactly what, but I often times
had, you now, tomato plants I’ve lost and tomato plants that get disease, bug infestations
and all this kind of stuff. My pepper plants are more immune and they
don’t seem to be ass affected by pests and disease as the tomatoes. Reason number 4 to grow more peppers instead
of tomatoes. Check this out, man. I got a raised bed on this side, a raised
bed on this side, and this is supposed to be the walkway right here but we got a land
bridge of tomato vines. The 4th reason is because the pepper plants
stay more smaller and more controllable. This is especially important if you don’t
want your yard looking like a jungle, like this kind of looks junglish because tomatoes
are just so out of control. Of course you can trellis your tomatoes up
high if you got like the Texas tomato cage, but, you know, they just grow more like a
vine and just sprawl all over the place, man. So, it’d be a lot more messy unless you grow
patio style or tomatoes that stay smaller, but I’ve found in many cases those tomatoes
don’t necessarily taste that good. I like peppers because they stay a lot smaller. They’re much more easier to manage and control. Reason number 5 to growing more peppers instead
of tomatoes is they’re easier to dig up at the end of the season to over winter it inside. I’ve overwintered my peppers before in an
unheated green house. I’ve tried the same with the tomatoes. Just doesn’t quite work, man. The tomatoes have a much softer stem and they’re
more damage and more fragile. The peppers are more like a tree and they’re
more hardy. So, definitely overwintered them in an unheated
greenhouse and you could overwinter yours actually inside, underneath some lights in
the wintertime and then have a jump on the next season. Reason number 6 to grow more peppers instead
of tomatoes is, in my opinion, there’s much more taste complexity and flavors with peppers
than there ever was with tomatoes. Think about it. They got like hot peppers, they got sweet
peppers, and then they got that smoky type pepper. I mean, all the peppers I’ve ever grown, they
like taste so unique and different. With tomatoes, yes, there’re absolutely different
tasting tomatoes but the flavor complexities are much better, in my opinion, on the peppers. Reason number 7 to grow more peppers instead
of tomatoes is very simply they store fresh longer. I’ve actually harvested peppers and they stay
much fresher longer, they don’t, you know, dry out, shrivel up, go moldy as fast as the
tomatoes. So, you’ll be eating fresh peppers longer
into the winter. Reason number to grow more peppers instead
of tomatoes is pretty much right here. Check it out. This guy is a ripe on the vine. It’s actually been sun drying on the vine. So, peppers are much easier to dry and preserve
and keep for the winter than the tomatoes. Actually, depending on where you live, they
might even dry on the vine just like this and then this will totally keep for awhile. Other varieties you could actually pick and
hang dry, yet of course dome other ones you may have to dehydrate, and they’re going to
dehydrate faster than the tomato, because they have less water content. Reason number 9 to grow more peppers instead
of tomatoes is guess what? They’re more cold tolerant. I’d have my peppers, certain varieties of
course, overwinter and grow and produce in an unheated greenhouse, even. Now, of course, that’s going to depend on
where you live but some pepper varieties can reliably still produce when it gets into the
high 30’s like the monzono or ricotto varieties. So, reason number 10 to grow more peppers
instead of tomatoes is because they’re more nutrient dense. What does nutrient dense mean? That means it has more nutrient per the calories
when they’re calculated out. I want to encourage you guys to check out
Dr. Joel Forman and his book Eat to Live. He also talks about the ANDI scoring chart,
where like leafy greens are like the highest food on the chart like the watercress and
kale and collard greens and on like a zero is like soda and junk foods. So, we want to eat high on the nutrient density
list to get all the nutrient we need without all the calories that may, you know, make
you fat and overweight. So, the peppers are actually much higher than
the tomatoes and I want you guys to remember these numbers, OS, for example, the tomatoes
are 164 on the nutrient density list, and guess what the peppers are? One of your guyses favorite numbers, check
it out, 420. Yes, the peppers are 420. So, you remember 420 and you’ll remember and
you’ll think about peppers and eating and growing more peppers. Alright, so I just named off 10 reasons why
you should grow more peppers than tomatoes. Lastly, I want to give you a con of peppers. Peppers may require more heat, and this is
especially important with the variety you’re growing. Some peppers do better in cool temperatures
like the monzonos, they’ll produce fine, but some need pretty warm temperatures that many
of you guys may not have. So, to rectify this you want to get the right
variety and what I’ve learned also is that it’s very important to try to grow the smaller
peppers instead of the big, large, honking ones, man. I grow the small varieties. Actually, you saw the red cherries, and they
were a hot red cherry but they also have a sweet one also that’s actually grown quite
well in my garden. So, to conclude this video, actually I want
to open up a gift for you guys that I got in the mail just the other day really relative
and pertinent to this video today. It’s right here. This little box and it’s actually from chileplants.com
out of New Jersey. Let’s go ahead and open up this box. Check it out. In this box we got a little catalog and we’ll
talk about that in a second, but check it out inside the box here. We got all these beautiful peppers and it’s
really cool. It has a little legend here for like what’s
in each one. So, check it out. These are called Biou Jolokias and I bet many
of you guys wish I would put this to my mouth right now and eat it. I’d be in pain, man. You can look up Biou Jolokia videos on YouTube
for people that are curled over after eating just a little bit of this one. Super hot. This is probably one of the most hot peppers
in the world right there. Biou Jolokia. We got this one called fatali. That doesn’t sound good either. Fatali, it’s like fatal, and then we got habanero
red savannah. I mean, look. These guys are totally beautiful. I mean, honestly tell me that tomatoes look
this cool. I mean, all the different shapes and sizes
of the peppers amazing. Over here we got the Grenada seasoning peppers,
definitely looks really cool. Next right here we got the ahi dolce number
1s. Look at this, man. These look like little UFOs, and then finally
we got this one, man. This is called the maraga scorpion yellow,
and I like how this one looks, man. It looks like part of the body that has some
extra skin on there unless you’re circumcised. This guy is probably also real hot. So, what I’m going to do with these guys,
because they are super hot, I’m probably going to dry these guys and I’m going to take out
these seeds so now I can have the seeds to grow the peppers next year. I guess the chiliplants.com they sell actually
chili plants and ships them to you, and I think they actually sell whole peppers so
that you can eat them and then use the seeds to grow them next season and they’ll also
sell you the seeds so that you can grow the different peppers. I think the next thing I want to do is try
one of these guys see if it lights my mouth up on fire. I’m going to try the ahi dolce number one
and I’m just going to try a little but ’cause I’m a freaking chicken, man. It’s not hot at all actually. Man, the flavor complexities peppers are awesome. I mean, it has like I can’t explain like it’s
just so good. Little bit of heat, of course. If you don’t want the heat, don’t eat the
seeds, and the seeds are very valuable for me to not eat but to save. It’s mildly very mildly hot with the really
rich intense flavor that I’ve never gotten out of tomato, man. I love this one. So good. So, next I want to share with you guys the
catalog. Check it out. Cross Country Nurseries. Chiliplants.com. Catalog it says, ‘the worlds largest selection
of chili and sweet pepper plants 2013.’ Mean, this is insane. Like they have all the listed varieties of
peppers listed in here like over 50 different varieties. I bet you guys didn’t know that. I mean, if you go try to buy pepper plants
at your local nursery, they might have green peppers and red peppers and one of the tips
is the green peppers will turn into a color, you know. The green peppers are unripe and I encourage
you to always eat your peppers as ripe as possible. Like the ones in the box there. Nice full vivid colors that make you want
to eat them. Don’t eat the green ones, man. They’re not optimally and they have a funny
flavor in your mouth. Full flavor develops when the plants are optimally
ripe, they’ve been hanging on the plants longer to absorb more of the nutrients from the soil,
but, yea, all these cool different kinds and some varieties may grow better in cooler weather,
some, you know, have a different growth structure, some are super hot, some are sweet, and, you
know, if you order peppers you can get the exact ones you like. Maybe you like kickass hot peppers, and you
can order those seeds from chiliplants.com. Maybe you like them really mild, maybe you
just want small ones that are nice and sweet like that dolce one that I just tasted. So, you want to check out the chiliplants.com,
their website, maybe request their catalog, start selecting your seeds now for next year,
’cause it’s coming up real quick. So, hopefully you guys enjoyed this episode,
learning 10 reasons why to grow more peppers instead of tomatoes, and hopefully you guys
will grow at leas tone more peppers plants because of watching this video. Once again, my name is John Kohler and I love
my peppers. We’ll see you next time, and remember; keep
on growing. Alright, this is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com. Today I have another exciting episode for
you, and I just got a new toy in the mail. Its right here, check it out. This is actually called the…


  1. I grow some tomatoes but I also hate putting all my eggs in one basket especially tomatoes- they are so problematic. Peppers are so resilient, so if you leave for a long weekend, you won't come back to a bunch of hopelessly dry or infested plants. Once you really get your garden going, you are going to get lots of automatic volunteer tomato plants sprouting up from all the seeds dropped last year. You won't even need to plant them. Start with the best breed of tomato, let them come back, but Focus your planting efforts on peppers. If you throw up a tunnel or cold frame box, peppers will survive the winter in many areas.

  2. I was noticing the beautiful colors and shapes and thinking about decorating a Christmas tree with peppers . Thanks !

  3. I have reached the point where I've got a comp journal of notes that I've started jotting down when I watch your videos! I feel like such a geek! but I don't care!

  4. Also sheesh poor tomatoes are getting some shade thrown at them. Pride of Mexico (although lets be real, peppers are great as well), the Spanish conquistadors didn't even know about tomatoes until they invaded Mexico and were the ones to bring them over to Europe. My family's tomato people from Heinz. Peppers are good, but much love for the tomato.

  5. Most peppers are considered "ripe" even when green. It's all about personal taste. We pick sweet peppers when still green because when they turn colors they get to sugary sweet for our tastes. We like them only mildly sweet and somewhat bitter. Great when fried.

  6. Λook at them they look like little UFO's …. trillllllllllllllllllll………….!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ha ha ha ha ….
    you are so funny some times john.

  7. I've had my container Cayenne and Tabasco peppers for 4 years now. I've never taken them inside and they can tolerate being neglected. I love them!

  8. Going against the traffic can cause terrible accidents. Usually, innocent people die, not the culprit :-& I couldn't joke about this. Anyway, thanks for your advice on peppers. It is a good idea indeed to grow more of them.

  9. Back again, pepper euphoria plus niacin makes good things happen if you can handle it. The skin tags coconut takes the top off of only to return can fall off with peppers and niacin, my buddies from Ecuador and Cuba said so. I tried it with a couple of successes . Must need more peppers. Peace

  10. Love your very informative you tube shows really easy to understand said in easy speak top stuff. Im watching all the way over in a place called Timperley south of Manchester England keep them coming. All the Best Frankie Dav

  11. I live in the Los Angeles area and I had pepper plants live right through the winter in a bed. I left them there out of laziness and then by February they were sprouting leaves again. Bought new seeds for nothing.

  12. OOO KAY This is all great..I want to grow very hot peppers in Illinois..( short season )Thin I can ? No heated green house ….:(

  13. aloha john. yea cuz how I going make one BLT if I not going grow tomatoes lol, kindof hard to make a blt with using peppers not the same lol, and I know grow less tomatoes

  14. Well, here in my backyard, just polishing my Lamborghinis…ahem…sorry, I mean we have so many tomatoes here in south Louisiana, and they're so….mm…DELICIOUS, I'm planting my tomatoes, thank you very much. My syntax is becoming corrupted by too much internet.

  15. Dang I just watched a really slow guys video and I had to set the play speed up to 1.5 then this guy comes on next  and I'm like woooah..

  16. This is a Typical American Guy that Talks too much that Just Makes American Ladies Charms Smiles Not Hardworks.

  17. hahaha you're a goof and that's why i like your videos (take NO offense, I call my brother a "goof" all the time – and sometimes call him Baby Huey…) hehehe

  18. My first season growing was last year. Tomatoes got blight and were dismal apart from a cherry tomatoe, the 2 pepper plants i had was very disease resistant and kicked ass. They even grew all winter and are now ahead of the game for this year. Growing on a Barcelona patio. Only problem was i didnt have enough, this year im going with what works so im 100% with you buddy. Thanks for your great vids, im learning so much

  19. He stuck that pepper half way in his mouth and then pulled it out and put it back in the box… buhahahaahaha

  20. John, but I love green tomatoes. At the end of the season when it gets too cold and the last few tomatoes on the plant you know will never ripen, I pickle them. Especially since I cannot grow cucumbers to save my life. Peppers are really cool though because they will change color after picking if they have water. Great video!

  21. Too funny! "Dulce" means sweet, John. We use those in Caribbean cooking, an essential ingredient in authentic "sofrito". They come in green, red, yellow and orange. Also requires "recao" to make the sofrito – a much more flavorful herb for cooking than cilantro.

  22. John, I've been doing gardening since 1995. Noone in my ENTIRE FAMILY eats anything but sweet peppers or Bell Peppers. Now I DO grow Orange Scotch Bonnet Habanero Peppers as a NATURAL Pesticide. They are GREAT for keeping rodents and the like away as WELL. Now where I LIVE, there are much older people who cannot eat peppers PERIOD. I grow Greens, Beans and herbs, along with TOMATOES, which is my FANTASTIC Bumper Crop in MY hood. While you are OPINIONATED and that is cool with me, I only use HOT peppers for keeping pests and rodents away. My bumper Crop have ALWAYS been Tomatoes, for which people from age 7 to 700 love to eat in my hood. Neighbors make custom sauces every year, and I'm ALWAYS donating fresh Tomatoes to everyone. Still a great show though bro!!!!! keep em coming!!! ^_^

  23. I always have too many peppers and try to preserve them by freezing,This destroys the taste and texture vacuum sealed and all.any Ideas?

  24. I'm allergic to a protein in some sort of peppers, but don't know which I can eat. I'll taste a chilli sauce on something, go buy a bottle, then I'll be sick first taste and throw it out. My tomatoes are lovely. usst wish I knew how to research the peppers.

  25. If you had 50mg Natural Zinc pills, could you crush them up and add them to water to water plants? Another question I have is if you have a neighbor the uses round-up how far away would it be safe to grow any kind of plants you plan on eating? Thank you for your time.

  26. Either he's a dwarf midget or those are the tallest goddam tomato plants I've ever seen. Where is his garden, across the street from Chernobyl?

  27. John,
    please, make your videos 4-6 min. long. you are wasting too much time and a lot of gardeners stop watching your videos

  28. Mate, loved your enthusiasm about peppers! Im totally filling one of my SFG up with all different types thanks to you !

  29. I love watching your videos. Not only are they highly informative, but dude, you crack me up. I love your personality. And some of the stuff that comes out of your mouth?? To funny. You're a freaking nut. I mean that in a good way.

  30. I grow peppers and i tell all my friends to grow them and they just look at me like im crazy 😅

  31. How do you overwinter the peppers? Do you pull them up by the roots before the winter and just store them? I grow mega peppers and dry them but am curious about over wintering them…great information on your videos.

  32. I'll never have a garden like this.. Texas is too rough on my plants. Wind and 100 degree temps for 2 weeks straight as well as insect issues. What soil do you start your seedlings in?

  33. Thank you for this video John! I live in NJ and had no idea there was a place so close that carries this many varieties. than you thank you thank you! I can't wait to plan my 2019 garden now!

  34. As italian i cannot think to grow less tomatoes just because tomatoes gives a lot of full jars of delicious tomatoes juice for the winter season to eat with pasta etc

  35. wow… only 13 minutes. Well done, John. I'm not one to go against the grain, but I do like PRACTICAL. and nutrient dense sounds practical. It sounds like you also save seeds from your peppers. More "practical" there too. I guess I'm too late to get some seeds. lol More peppers, less tomatoes. Got it!! Thanks John. Good points. And I'm only 5 years late.

  36. The Aji dulce #1 is a sweet pepper that I'm very interested in growing here is S. Las Vegas, did you dry the seeds from the gift box of peppers you received and more importantly have they (Aji dulce #1) seeds germinate? Please let me know any ideas you have. Thank you

  37. John green, I've watched almost all you video's since 2016. Today after months in my newly purchased home, I've finally taken the plunge to start my own business from my backyard selling peppers and pepper plant clones from a mother. I want to thank you for helping me throughout the years to become inspired in growing organic and healthy foods all from my own hands. John, I hope to have you host a show with me in the coming years after I get my business off the ground. Just wanted to say thank you for inspiring me. Peace and love friend.

  38. Wow he really does seem like he's checked out that 420 in this video 🙂
    I'm at the point where I grow all my own leafy greens and herbs, as many peppers as we can handle, plus whatever else we have room to grow seasonally.
    I actually like tomatoes as a summer crop and if there's too many at the end of the season I like to make passata to use them up.
    I'd love to grow more but small suburban block kind of limits it.
    Oh before anyone asks, haven't used the other erb for a very long time. 🙂

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