Here is a look at our 1998 garden producing chile peppers! Those are marigolds on the right in the front, they're supposed to keep the rabbits away (they didn't do a great job, we found a bunny and a chipmunk in our garden this year). The tomatoes are in the back on the left. The tomatoes got white flies, which fed the lady bugs and the preying mantids. The tomatoes also brought in some tomato worms, but the tomato worms got beneficial wasps, which controlled them. These are recognized as white fuzzy coverings on the tomato worm's spines. They are good to have, they're not the annoying kind of wasps that sting.
We learned a lot about chile peppers and growing them from the book "The Pepper Garden" by Dave DeWitt and Paul W. Bosland.