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Class #291 | July Garden Tour : Learn as we GROW with community support

Julie Marie July 27, 2021

Protective Diet Class #291 Notes:

July Garden Tour: Learn as we GROW with Community Support

This class enlivens with an update on Protective Diet Homestead development including garden tours, tips for building the soil microbiome, and the happy debut of three “spent” hens that literally rejuvenate with lavish helpings of PD chopped salads.



Plant-Based HomesteadGut MicrobiomeSoil MicrobiomePlant Diversity

Action Steps for Fresh Seasonal Protection

  • Prioritize Plant Diversity for Gut & Garden Health
PD Kitchen Garden Layout—Year One
Julie and Jerry’s vegetable garden is planted in 18’ raised beds of concrete cinder blocks, lined with chicken wire and filled with aged organic poultry manure compost with a wood mulch top dressing. It is fertilized with organic compost tea from free-range chicken manure compost, aged on-site. Diverse plantings boost the soil microbiome, inviting a host of protective microbes that help plants absorb water & nutrients, and defend against diseases & pests. Soil alive with interacting beneficial microbes contributes beneficial microbes to our gut, along with a diversity of nutrient-rich plant fiber that promotes our epithelium for resilient protection against viruses, bacteria and other pathogens. Healthy Soil Microbiome = Healthy Human Microbiome = Powerful Immunity
Herb GardenGreen Basil   Purple Basil   Collards   Purple Okra   Bunching Onions   Rosemary   Sage   Eggplant   Chives   Cilantro   Dill   Parsley   Thyme   Marigolds  “Unusual” Tomato Bed (with Radishes as a Companion Crop)Persimmon Tomato   Brandywine Tomato   Indigo Blue Beauty Tomato   Cherokee Green & Purple Tomatoes   Sausage Tomato   Blush Tomato   Grape Tomato   Cherry Tomato   Black Prince Tomato   TomatillosOkra, Eggplant, variety of PeppersSpaghetti Squash   Okra   Eggplant   Serrano Peppers   Gourmet Orange Pepper   Mini Yellow Bell Pepper   Cherry Hot Peppers   Habanero Peppers   Ghost Peppers   Snapdragon Edible FlowersGreen beansRoyal Burgundy Bean             Traditional Green Beans                   Orca Green Beans (black and white)    Squash and MelonsGreen Zucchini       Yellow Crookneck Zucchini       Acorn Squash       Unique Melon           Mini Watermelon    PotatoesRed Potatoes         Purple Potatoes         Gold Potatoes         White Potatoes       Pickling Cucumber     Armenian Cucumber     Cosmos   Cruciferous CornerNapa Cabbage     Red & Green Cabbage     Swiss Chard     Broccoli     Cauli-flower   Russian White Kale   Russian Red Kale   Roja Red Kale   Lacinato Kale   Green Kale   LettucesDill       Walla Walla Onions       Kohlrabi       Red Leaf Lettuce       Spinach       Red Leaf Lettuce  
  • Find a unique variety of organic plant starts and fruit trees at protectivediet.com/bulk. These plants are guaranteed.
  • Choose varieties not available at the grocery store or the farmers market. Enjoy trading your unique harvests with neighbors.
  • Control weeds naturally by handpicking, which also allows you to bank essential Vitamin D, or laying a natural barrier such as cardboard and mulch. Chemical weed killer sprays are carcinogenic and pollute soil, groundwater, and air.
  • Consider keeping chickens for natural organic compost and pollinator ‘mason’ bees to boost production.
  • Plant edible flowers to attract pollinators.
  • Include fruit. Fruit is more protective than vegetables. Fruit crops in addition to Julie and Jerry’s protective garden include: blueberries, kiwi, Thomcord grapes, Green Marquis grapes, peaches, apples, apricots, Beers Black figs, mint, and goji berries. Their community garden offers pollinator bees, pears, plums, corn, pumpkins, carrots, & diverse varieties of the same crops they are growing at home.
  • Consume summer’s plant diversity from your own garden, neighbor’s gardens, a community garden, and farmer’s markets.
  • Consider container gardening and sprouting if a vegetable garden is not currently possible for you.

Cooking Tips

  • Add fresh radish leaves to Perfect Pesto Sauce for a peppery flavor similar to arugula.
  • Cut radishes in half and roast them to reduce spice and eliminate the gassy/burping effect of raw radish.
  • Freeze tomatillos whole and thaw later to make Salsa Verde, or make and freeze as salsa.
  • Harvest spaghetti squash when the stem is dehydrated and the squash is no longer receiving nourishment from the plant. Let it sit and cure for a few days before cooking with it. Harvest crops with sturdy sheers to prevent damage that invites pests.
  • Add organic snapdragon flowers to your salad. They taste like peas.
  • Use broccoli leaves the same way you use kale leaves.
  • Slice fresh kohlrabi and store in a jar of saltwater in the fridge for a crisp snack. Kohlrabi leaves are also protective.
  • Brew fresh mint in hot water. Then chill to make a delicious, refreshing mint tea.


  • Engage with neighbors in the community garden.  They will love your enthusiasm for homegrown fruits and vegetables.
  • Reach out to your neighbors. Learn planting, irrigation, harvest, preparation, and food storage methods from them.
  • Grow a garden. Grow what you can. Sprout something if you can’t grow a garden.

“Garden bounty–We want it on a Protective Diet because we know how to use it.”

Recommended Recipes

Oil-Free Dry Browned ZucchiniSummer SpaghettiZucchini BreadFat-Free Brown Rice Risotto
Dammeron Valley VinaigretteCruciferous ChopJerusalem SaladButtermilk Ranch Salad
Lady FingersGumboKosher Deli PicklesSpicy Green Enchiladas
Baba GanoushMama GanoushDry Steamed KaleProbiotic Pepper Sauce
Jerry’s Organic Plant-Based YogurtRuby Raw KrautDill RiceChorizo Tacos
Roasted Salsa VerdeFalafelRoasted EggplantSmashed Cucumber Salad

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    This class enlivens with an update on Protective Diet Homestead development including garden tours, tips for building the soil microbiome, and the happy debut of three “spent” hens that literally rejuvenate with lavish helpings of PD chopped salads.

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