Starting a baby garden is a great way to introduce your baby to nature and ensure that her first foods are fresh and chemical free. Even if you don’t have a big yard, many common plants do very well in pots on a sunny deck or porch. 


When your baby is little, you can work in your garden by carrying her in a sling or letting her rest on a blanket nearby. Talk to your baby about the foods you are planting, and be sure to point out which ones will wind up on her dinner plate.


Summer squash, green beans, peas, pumpkin, sweet potato, and zucchini are all easy to grow in an outdoor or indoor garden. Berry plants like strawberries and blueberries, are also easy to grow, but you baby probably won’t be able to enjoy them until she is at least 12 months old. 


For more information about starting your own garden, pick up a gardening guide like The Gardener’s A-Z Guide To Growing Organic Food by Tanya L.K. Denckla or Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square-Inch Gardener’s Guide to Year Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting, by R.J. Ruppenthal. Online, check out Garden Web or the National Gardening Association.