I know a good thing when I see it. This pot (shown on top) is my new "Salad Garden." When I was at the garden center, I noticed pots of Burpee's "Healing Hands Lettuce Mix" already growing and ready to harvest (the link is for the seeds only; check your garden center to see if they sell the lettuce already growing!). I can cut lettuce as I need it and watch it grow and replenish itself all Summer.
I found the pots of lettuce at my local garden center (Meijers). I bought two containers and planted them next to each other in a pot of soil. Each mix has several types of lettuce plants growing together. The label claims that this "Boost" lettuce collection has 30% more beta carotene and 20% more lutein than other salad blends. Sounds good to me.
I love it! It looks fresh and pretty when I look out the kitchen window and see it on display next to a pot of herbs (thyme, rosemary, flat leaf parsley and a Hungarian pepper plant) on my deck. I amuse myself when I'm rattling off "what's for dinner" by pointing to the deck and saying "salad." I've clipped 2 small salads from my container so far and it is still healthy and full.
Isn't this a wonderful idea? It is unlikely that I would grow lettuce from seed, but I will definitely harvest a salad from a pot on my deck. Viva la garden!