Advice from Russell Bell (@farmerrussell)
1. Currant tomatoes — Small, pea-size tomatoes, grown from seed. (seedsofchange.com or johnnyselectseeds.com)
2. Basil — Foolproof; cutting the leaves back is the key. Just like shaving, the more you do it, the bushier it gets.
3. Zucchini — Great for the kids to harvest, and are prolific growers, all varieties.
4. Banana peppers — Look for Corno di Toro. It produces better than bell peppers in our environment, and doesn’t need fertilizers.
5. Corn — Grows in a large container, 20 pounds at least, and looks lovely. Can be cultivated from seed. Water profusely.
6. Pole beans — Many varieties, such as tongues of fire, are not easily found in markets but are perfect for Richmond. They need just a little shade, and can be grown by container.
Don’t forget frequent watering.