"Set a table in the garden"

Living salad bowl

The freshest greens: a living salad bowl

"Set a table in the garden" is a quote on the front of Renee's Garden vegetable seed packages. And yes, I do wish I had space for a table (preferably teak) on my balcony. But there's barely room for the gardener at this time of the season let alone furniture.  This afternoon, though, after I harvested my first crop of lettuce, I couldn't resisting bringing the linen outdoors and setting a placemat on an overturned plant pot -- an improvised table on which to display the salad bowl.

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Lettuce & Mesclun varieties in the bowl:

'Cut and Come Again' (Rouge Grenobloise, Royal Oakleaf, Cimarron, Sucrine, Blonde Batavia & Red Salad Bowl)

'Heirloom Cutting Mix' (Speckled Troutback, Blush Butter Cos, Red Ruffled Oak, Green Devil's Tongue, Sucrine)

'Monet's Garden Mesclun' (Little Gem, Dutch Redina, Rouge Grenobloise, Red Salad Bowl and Tango)

'Paris Market Mix' (Curled Endive, Escarole, Chicory 'Blonde', Red Oakleaf, Red Salad Bowl Lettuces, Arugula, Chervil) 

 

What lettuces are you growing this season?  How do you schedule the sowing so you don't alternate between surplus and scarcity? (As a novice lettuce farmer, I over-planted the first crop.)