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  1. Class #319 | Sip On Polyphenol Protection & Intro to Hydroponics
  2. Class 318 | Garden Confetti Bread Cooking Demonstration
  3. Class #317 | Walipini Field Trip, Watermellon Harvesting, and Seed Saving
  4. Class #316 | Seven-Day Sauerkraut: Preserve Your Harvest with Small Batch Fermentation
  5. Class #315 | 12 - Steps To Improve Your Metabolism
  6. Class #314 | Veg-it-Up with Zucchini and The 50/50 Bowl Balance
  7. Class #313 | Master Fasting - A Transitional Approach For Maximum Benefits
  8. Class #312 - Calling All Health Geeks & Health Enthusiasts
  9. Class #311 - Time-Sensitive Immune Boosting Benefits of Summer
  10. Class #310 - Using Bread Makers and Milling Whole Grains
  11. Class #309 - Get Excited and Get It Done
  12. Class #308 - Anti-Cancer Diet
  13. Class #307 - Cancer Diagnosis on a Protective Diet
  14. Class #306 - A Deep Pantry Saves Us Money & Time While Improving Food Quality
  15. Class #305 - Protective Sprouts
  16. Class #304 - Personal Weight Loss Consultation
  17. Class #303 - ProtectiveDiet.com Tutorial
  18. Class #302 - Lifeline Recipe Good & Bad Actions Produce Results
  19. Class #301 – Kids’ Spaghetti Pasta-Bake Casserole and Demonstration featuring Melt and Bake Cheeze
  20. Class #300 | Okara Pie Crust Demonstration with a Happy Thanksgiving Pep Talk
  21. Class #299 | Making Organic Soymilk & Yogurt
  22. Class #298 | Stress Elimination Challenge
  23. Class #297 - Fall Harvest and Winter Food Storage
  24. Class #296 | Incorporating Dried Herbs for Flavor & Protection Incorporating Dried Herbs for Flavor and Protection and Tips to Resolve Binge Eating Cycles
  25. Class #295 | 48-Hour Fast: Day Two
  26. Class #294 | 48-Hour Fast: Day One Support
  27. Class #293 | 48-Hour Fast: Plan & Prep Guide
  28. Class #292 | Travel - Manifest - Peach Buckle
  29. Class #291 | July Garden Tour : Learn as we GROW with community support
  30. Class #290 | Fitness Support: High-Energy Fuel, Build Muscle, & Get Shredded Fast
  31. Class #289 | You Are Not a Victim of Osteoporosis - It's Reversible & Preventable
  32. Class #288 – Socializing & PD Living – a “This Is How We Do It” live broadcast
  33. Class #287 | Achieving A Pro Mindset
  34. Class #286 - Our New Workplace for Wellness
  35. Class #285 Protective Kimchi 101
  36. Class #284 – House Hunting Travel Meals & a Personal Jump Start with Bill
  37. Class #283 - Melt & Bake Cheeze Pro Tips
  38. Class #282 | Become Vanilla Rich with Bean Saving Bonus Batches
  39. Class #281 | Making Perfect Yogurt and Including Soy On An Anti-Angiogenic Diet to Prevent Cancer
  40. Class #280 | Corn Crisps, PD Success, & The 50/50 Plate Practice
  41. Class #279 | Nutty Butter & The Noodle Bowl
  42. Class #278 | Winter 2020 - Fresh Produce Restock and Enjoying Indian Food
  43. Class #277 Holiday Special – Gingerbread Cookies & Sugar-Free Royal Icing
  44. Class #276 Mastering PD Cooking Techniques featuring Plant-Based Stroganoff
  45. Class #275 Thanksgiving Preparation Tips & Eliminating Social Media Conflict
  46. Class #274 - Road Trip Travel
  47. Class #273 - Mexican Sweet Corn Cakes, Red Lentil Chili & Apple Pie Filling
  48. Class #272 - Allergies and the Microbiome
  49. Class #271 - You Can’t Outrun an Unhealthy Diet
  50. Class #270 - Protective Diet Pro Tips
  51. Class #269 - Getting Comfortable Enjoying Delicious Food
  52. Free Class #268 – Mind Games: Self Awareness & Celebrating Success
  53. Class #267 – Finger Salad, Chips & Dip for Dinner featuring Refrigerator Tacos
  54. Class #266 - Homemade Tortillas & Pro Tips for Perfect Chips
  55. Class #265 - What's Your Food Mood
  56. Class #264 – Two Years Day Fasting on a Protective Diet
  57. Class #263 – Bag of Questions
  58. Class #262 - Rebuilding Our Immune System is our Social Responsibility
  59. Class #261 - Eliminate Produce Waste & Shopping Trips
  60. Free Class #260 - Day One On a Protective Diet
  61. Class #259 - Oil-Free Garlic Naan in my Workplace for Wellness
  62. Class #258 - Pandemic Pantry
  63. Class #257 – How the Gut Microbiota Influences Our Behavior & Controls Our Wellbeing
  64. Class #256 – Cornflakes & Cholesterol
  65. Class #255 – Baking Bread & Following Through on a Protective Diet
  66. Class #254 - Taquitos & Living In the Moment to Reduce Stress
  67. Class #253 – Benefits of Nutritional Yeast and Making Cheez-It Crackers
  68. Class #252 - Making MoJos - New Year New You
  69. PD-Ed Class #251 - Nice Cream Sandwiches & Building a Strong Immune System
  70. Class #250 – Instant Vanilla Extract
  71. Class #249 – Paralyzed By Stress
  72. Class #248 – Self Awareness Training – Not Hungry, but I’m Eating
  73. Class #247 – Intro to Indian
  74. Class #246 – The Instant Pot Advantage: Pro Tips, Tricks & Accessories
  75. Class #245 – Promoting Autophagy While We Eat, Sleep And Play
  76. Class #244 – Back To The Basics 2019
  77. Class #243 – Health Benefits of Spicy Food
  78. Class #242 – Tips From The Pros Weekend
  79. Class #241 – Increase Protective Lycopene with Fermented Salsa
  80. Class #240 – All Natural Beauty
  81. Class #239 – Tweak Your Physique
  82. Class #238 – Protective Beverages
  83. Class #237 – What I Eat In A Day Spring 2019
  84. Class #236 – Weeknight Setup SUS
  85. Class #235 – The Benefits of Sulforaphane & Co-Cooking Egg Rolls
  86. Class #234 – Know Your Fast Five
  87. Class #233 – Biology of Burning Body Fat
  88. Class #232 – Fermentation Techniques & Tools Part 3 – Probiotic Pickles
  89. Class #231 – Enjoying Fermented Food featuring The Pro Bowl
  90. Class #230 – Fermentation Techniques & Tools Part 2 – Dry Brining & Blending Fermented Hot Sauce
  91. Class #229 – Fermentation Techniques & Tools Part 1 – Water Brining
  92. Class #228 - Benefits of Fermented Food
  93. Class #227 - Navigating ProtectiveDiet.com
  94. Class #226 - New Year/New You
  95. Class #225 - Dementia Defense
  96. Class #224 – Sweet Action Rituals & Routines for a Better Life Experience
  97. Class #223 – Call To Action
  98. Class #222 – Pep Talk with Mexican Pizza Shortcut Techniques
  99. Class #221 – Day Fast and Feast
  100. Class #220 – Day Fast & Feast Guide
  101. Class #219 - Day Fasting on a Plant Based Diet
  102. Class #218 - The Hideous Truth of Opioid Addiction
  103. Class #217 - Baby Jack Ribs BBQ or Baked
  104. Class #216 – I Lost My Way
  105. Class #215 – Glamping On A Protective Diet
  106. Class #214 – In Flight Travel Meal Made Easy
  107. Class #213 – Healthiest Summer Kick-off Challenge
  108. Class #212 - Fat Reception Review & Cheezecake Workplace For Wellness Demonstration
  109. Class #211 - Weighing the Risks of Cancer Screening
  110. Class #210 - Easy Bake Loaf Bread
  111. Class #209 - Soup for One
  112. Class #208 - Workplace for Wellness - Pressure Cooked Frittata
  113. Class # 207 - The Need To Feed
  114. Class #206 - Tea Ritual & Spices for Protection
  115. Class #205 - Celebrating Spring With Carrot Cake Frosting Techniques - Workplace For Wellness Demonstration
  116. Class # 204 - Body Management & Understanding Cancer
  117. Size 22 to a Size 2
  118. Class #203 - Workplace For Wellness - Glazed Cinnamon Rolls
  119. Class #202 - PD Progress Challenge & Favorite Fries Cooking Technique
  120. Class #201 - Kitchen Peptalk
  121. Class #200 - Stop The Snacks Challenge
  122. Class #199 - Organic Co-Op Shopping Tour
  123. Class #198 - Grocery Store Restock
  124. Class #197 - Costco Run
  125. Class #196 - International Market Tour
  126. Class #195 - Navigating Holiday Dinners
  127. Class #194 - Co-Cooking Cherry Cheeze Danish
  128. Class #193 - Co-Cooking A Taste of Thanksgiving
  129. Class #192 - Co-Cooking Sauerkraut
  130. Class #191 - Healthy Halloween Treats & Co-Cooking
  131. Class #190 - Cancer & Angiogenesis Inhibitors
  132. Class #189 - Co-Cooking Egg-less Omelet
  133. Class #188 - Co-Cooking Apple Fritter Cake
  134. Class #187 - The PD Groove
  135. Class #186 - Co-cooking Flatbread Pizza
  136. Class #185 - Picnic with Julie Marie
  137. Class #184 - Dinner Party with Julie Marie
  138. Class #183 - Batch Cooking Can Stall Weight Loss
  139. Class #182 - A Summer Day Eating PD
  140. Class #181 - Keep It Out & Keep It Off
  141. Class #180 - Co-cooking Italian "Sausage" and Sweet Peppers
  142. Class #179 - Weekend of Wellness
  143. Class #178 - All Natural Cleaning
  144. Class #177 - Annual Halftime Checkin
  145. Class #176 - PD Picnic Packing
  146. Class #175 - Mastering Oil-free Grilled Pizza
  147. Class #174 - Downsizing Daily Salads
  148. Class #173 - Fat-Free Salad Dressing 101
  149. Class #172 - Falafel Party & Protective Spices
  150. Class #171 - The Burden Of Thin
  151. Class #170 - Slimming Down With Biscuits & Gravy
  152. Class #169 - Cutting Ripe Jackfruit & Cultural Adventure At International Markets
  153. Class #168 - Making Quick-Mix Pizza
  154. Class #167 - Opiods Causing More Pain Than Surgery
  155. Class #166 - A Winter Day Eating PD
  156. Class #165 - Rolling Sushi & Gimbop
  157. Class #164 - Eliminate, Heal and Achieve Optimal Health
  158. Class #163 - Handicapping The Binge
  159. Class #162 - Emergency Hospital Prep
  160. Class #161 - Tips For Limiting Stress In Challenging Times
  161. Class #160 - Feeling Anxious About Greens
  162. Class #159 - Sweet Action Saturday
  163. Class #158 - Be The Boss Of Your Body
  164. Class #157 - Preparing To Be Away
  165. Class #156 - Calendar of Achievements
  166. Class #155 - Cancer Prevention & Regression on a Protective Diet
  167. Class #154 – Daily Application
  168. Class #153 - Essential Oil Basics: Topical Applications, Oral Dosing & Diffusing
  169. Class 152 - Packing Travel Meals, Taking PD to the Party, Healthy Makeup & Hair Loss
  170. Class #151 - Hosting House Guests Protective Diet Style
  171. Class #150 - Complimentary Video Coaching Hour
  172. Class 149 - Video Coaching Hour
  173. Class #148 - Sulforaphane Protection: Sprouting, Chopping & Maximizing Protection On A Protective Diet
  174. Class #147 - Pressure Cooker Stir Fry
  175. Class #146 - Video Coaching Hour
  176. Class #145 - Cutting Food Costs & Improving Food Quality
  177. Class #144 - Mastering Mindful Eating Part 2: Following Through
  178. Class #143 - Mastering Mindful Eating Part 1: 21 Meal Challenge
  179. Class #142 - Video Coaching Hour
  180. Waking Up In America radio interview
  181. Class #141 - Maintaining A Healthy Weight & Vitality
  182. Class #140 - Video Coaching Hour
  183. Class #139 - Satisfying Salads - Building a Salad with Flavor, Texture and Nutrition
  184. Class #138 – Oil-Free Grilling Techniques Part 3 - Potatoes and Beets
  185. Class #137 – Oil-Free Grilling Techniques Part 2 Pizza 101 Grilled & Baked
  186. Class #136 - Oil-Free Grilling Techniques Part 1
  187. Class #135 - Packing a PD Picnic or Water Park Tailgate
  188. Class #134 - Tea Party Sipping on Liquid Antioxidants
  189. Class #133 - Spices and Aromatic Herbs
  190. Class #132 - Making Cutlets
  191. Class 131 - Video Coaching Hour #1
  192. Class #130 - Yogurt & Notzzarella Cheeze
  193. Class #129 - Daily Actions to Eliminate Stress
  194. Class #128 - Vitamins, Sunscreen and How They Work
  195. Class #127 – Kitchen Tools – Efficiency & Fun
  196. Class #126 - Cancer: The Protective Diet Advantage
  197. Class #125 - Kitchen Tools - Beginner Essentials
  198. Class #124 - Pick a Positive Proactive Partner
  199. Class #123 - Set It & Forget It Meals
  200. Class #122 - Freedom To Succeed
  201. Class #121 - Enjoying Cruciferous Vegetables
  202. Class #120 - Seven Steps to Overcoming Self Doubt
  203. Class #119 - Chili Cook-Off on Game-Day
  204. Class #118 - SUS - Set-Up For Success
  205. Class #117 - Fresh Restock
  206. Class #116 - Becoming A Plant-Based Chef/No Experience Necessary
  207. Class #115 - Rice Dishes From Around the World
  208. Class #114 - Kicking off the New Year
  209. Class #113 - Authentic Salsa
  210. Class #112 - Daily Spa Rituals
  211. Class #111 - Coffee and Diet Soda
  212. Class #110 - PD Holiday Mock-Tail Party
  213. Class #109 - Protection For Our Planet
  214. Class #108 - Whole Food Detox and Taste-bud Reprogram
  215. Class #107 - ProtectiveDiet.com User Guide
  216. Class #106 - Holiday Stress
  217. Class #105 - Commitment Class Kick Off
  218. Class #104 - KP Duty
  219. Class #103 - Learn Tips From A Minimalist
  220. Class #102 - Planning For Success
  221. Class #101 - Soup Month
  222. Class #100 - Eating A Diet In Perfect Balance
  223. Class #099 - Visualize Optimal Health
  224. Class #098 - Set Up Sunday
  225. Class #097 - 21 Meals to PD Mastery
  226. Class #096 - Kitchen Set-Up for Efficiency
  227. Class #095 - Back to school lunch packing Protective Diet Style
  228. Class #094 - Getting Back On Track
  229. Class #093 - Micro Goals
  230. Class #092 - Food Anxiety
  231. Class #091 - Transitioning to a Plant-Based Household
  232. Class #090 - Pizza Party
  233. Class #089 - Goal Setting
  234. Class #088 - Summer Holidays Protective Diet Style
  235. Class #087 - Pantry Par Stocking System
  236. Class #086 - Sugar In Health Food Camouflage
  237. Class #085 - Simplicity & Meal Satisfaction
  238. Class #084 - Steps for Replacing Self Judgement with Appreciation and Love
  239. Class #083 - Sip on this
  240. Class #082 - Mastering Label Reading & Understanding Food Additives
  241. Class #081 - Your Body's Sweet Spot
  242. Class #080 - Shift from Deprivation to Privilege
  243. Class #079 - Dining Out Protective Diet Style
  244. Class #078 - Checkup Follow up visit
  245. Class #077 - Spectacular Salads - PD salad prep 101
  246. Class #076 - The Three Phases Of Recovery & Following Through
  247. Class #075 - Spring Cleaning
  248. Class #074 - Oven Tips and Tricks
  249. Class #073 - Super Tasters and Taste Bud Evolution
  250. Class #072 - The PD-Practice Check-Up
  251. Class #071 - The power of the imagination
  252. Class #070 - Eliminating Doubt
  253. Class #069 - Entertaining with a Protective Diet Style Dinner Party
  254. Class #068 - Beans, Beans, Beans
  255. Class #067 - The Practice Of Gratitude
  256. Class #066 - Checking Into Your Healthy Life
  257. Class #065 - Kitchen Spa
  258. Class #064 - Secure Your Own Mask First
  259. Class #063 - Stove Top Tips & Tricks
  260. Class #062 - New Year! New Resolution
  261. Class #061 - Enjoying Your Journey to Goal
  262. Class #060 - Simple Meal Planning
  263. Class #059 - Encouraging and Coaching
  264. Class #058 - Improving Knife Skills
  265. Class #057 - Optimal Outlook
  266. Class #056 - Protective Diet & The Holidays
  267. Class #055 - Traveling Protective Diet Style
  268. Class #054 - Excuses Are Just Excuses
  269. Class #053 - Garlic Party
  270. Class #052 - Microwave...Yea or Nay
  271. Class #051 - We're Talking Tofu
  272. Class #050 - Let’s Talk & Cook Potatoes
  273. Class #048 - Greens and their importance in a Protective Diet
  274. Class #047 - Chopping, dicing, slicing and shredding
  275. Class #046 - Type I & Type II Diabetes
  276. Class #045 - Weight loss average on a Protective Diet
  277. Class #044 - Fundamentals
  278. Class #043 - Are some grains better than others?
  279. Class #042 - Protection For Human Health, The Animals & Planet Earth
  280. Class #041 - Veggie Gardens, Growing Potted Herbs or Sprouting
  281. Class #040 - Recipes for Success
  282. Class #039 - Lunch Packing
  283. Class #038 - Cooking with Kids
  284. Class #037 - Sleeping Like A Rock
  285. Class #036 - Nuts
  286. Class #035 - Search Box Dinners & Meals Without Planning
  287. Class #034 – Stocking Your Kitchen For Efficiency and Savings Part 3 – Refrigerator and Freezer Staples
  288. Class #033 - Stocking Your Kitchen For Efficiency and Savings Part 2 - Spices, Vinegars, Extracts and More
  289. Class #032 - Stocking Your Kitchen For Efficiency and Savings Part 1 – Pantry Staples
  290. Class #031 - Indigestion and Digestive Issues
  291. Class #030 - Workouts and Weight Loss
  292. Class #029 - Why am I sick?
  293. Class #028 - Inner Child Frame of Mind
  294. Class #027 - Being Challenged By Diet Trends
  295. Class #026 - Outdated recommendations in the Health Care System
  296. Class #024 - Food Obsessions
  297. Bonus - Grocery Store Tour of Costco
  298. Class #025 - Accepting and Loving The New Healthy You
  299. Class #023 - Remembering the Reasons You Began this Journey to Optimal Health
  300. Class #022 - All On or All Off, Starving or Bingeing, Perfection or Disaster
  301. Class #021 - Emotional Eating
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  303. Class #019 - Kitchen Tools
  304. Class #018 - Raw vs. Cooked
  305. Class #017 - How to travel on a Protective Diet
  306. Class #016 - Inflammatory Disease - Acidic & Alkaline Foods
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  308. Class #014 - Acknowledging Your Achievements
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  311. Class #011 - Pantry Staples & Refridgerator Stocking
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Class #317 | Walipini Field Trip, Watermellon Harvesting, and Seed Saving

Jerry Christensen September 27, 2022

Link to the Walipini plans https://protectivediet.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/walipini.pdf

Protective Diet Class #317

Walipini Field Trip, Watermelon Harvesting, Seed Saving

A new addition to the Protective Diet Homestead series. With a set-it-and-forget-it meal in the Instant Pot, we set off on a field trip to local Walipinis. Julie Marie demonstrates her garden seed saving system and showcases a Protective Diet style hostess gift.

Announcements

Vocabulary

WalipiniDeterminateIndeterminateGermination

Action Steps for an Organized PD Harvest

  • Harvest Watermelon
  • Julie Marie and Jerry give mini a tour of their melon patch and celebrate the first watermelon harvest on the Protective Diet Homestead—a 45lb rattlesnake melon planted from seeds saved from last year’s neighborhood community garden.
  • Watermelons should have a little bit of give in the middle and at the ends before harvesting.
  • When the stem dries up a bit, you know it’s ripe and ready to harvest.
  • Allow the melon to “sugar up” on the counter for a few days before cutting. Store bought melons have already had this waiting period and will become mealy if they are left on the counter. Slice and refrigerate store-bought melons right away.
  • Save Seeds
  • Get a free start on next year’s garden by saving seeds. Julie Marie’s 2022 garden was planted with heirloom seeds from Baker Creek Seeds, as well as homegrown vegetable starts from seeds she saved last year. Her harvest was bounteous.
  • Seeds from drier vegetables, like okra, can just be set out to dry completely before storing.
  • Seeds from pulpy vegetables, like tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and melon, should be fermented before saving. Fermenting will separate the seeds from the pulp so they can be completely dried for storage. It will also destroy natural germination inhibitors in the pulp by mimicking the natural rotting process.

Julie’s Seed Saving System

What you’ll need for seed fermentation:

– Your best looking harvest specimens

– Clean jar or glass for each seed variety

– Repurposed sheets of paper, one for each seed variety

– Sharpie, or post-it notes to label everything

– Paper envelopes

1Collect your finest specimens from the garden (and from harvest gifts of generous friends)
2Label a sheet of repurposed paper for each specimen or seed variety you want to save
3Place a clean glass or jar on top of each labeled paper
4Open the fruit (you may wish to collect seeds from multiple fruits of the same variety)
5Squeeze the seeds and pulp into the clean jar or glass (save the flesh for your salad)
6Add a little bit of water
7Allow the jar to sit uncovered, at room temperature, for 2 to 3 days
8Dump and spread seeds on the labeled, repurposed paper and allow them to dry completely
9Move the seeds around with your finger to ensure they are dry on all sides
10Store dry seeds in a labeled, paper envelope in a dry location
  • Create seed packets or collections to gift and trade using mini paper envelopes.
  • Start seeds in the winter under grow lights and anticipate how great your garden is going to be next year.
  • Extend the Harvest: PD Walipini Coming Soon!
  • Create a stable winter growing environment for plants by building a sunken greenhouse (Walipini) with a tropical climate.
  • The word “Walipini” comes from the Aymara Indian language of Bolivia and means “place of warmth”. The Walipini utilizes nature’s resources to provide a warm, stable, well-lit environment for year-round vegetable production by locating a growing area 6 to 8 feet underground and capturing and storing daytime solar radiation through a plastic roof.
  • Full building plans for the Walipini can be found at https://protectivediet.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/walipini.pdf.

Roof

  • On the northern exterior, the roof is sheeted with metal. On the interior, it is insulated and covered with black plastic.
  • On the southern exterior, the roof is covered with clear greenhouse roofing. A film of greenhouse plastic lines the rafters on the interior. The space between these two layers of plastic acts like an insulating pocket of heat.
  • A window in the east end is handy for offloading garden amendments, provides ventilation in the summer (temperatures can get above 100°F), and creates an entry point for pollinators. A swamp cooler provides humidity. A fan is also beneficial.

Walls, Irrigation & Drainage

  • The north interior wall is planted with lemon, lime and orange trees and partially lined with IBC totes full of water to provide radiant heat for plants at night. Interior walls may be lined with concrete, repurposed block, wood or tires.
  • Irrigation mainlines are fastened to the inner walls and connected to a hose spigot outside the structure. Drip lines can be attached to the mainline and run along the ground under rows of plants as needed. The watering system can be automated by connecting a timer device to the hose spigot.
  • The exterior walls are covered with black plastic (to 1ft. below the surface) to prevent water seepage on the outside from weakening the integrity of the walls, and to direct rain away from the structure toward a drainage area.

Floor

  • The greenhouse floor can be accessed by a ladder or staircase.
  • The dirt floor can be amended with compost, vermiculite and peat moss, tilled, and direct seeded in traditional rows, or hard packed to accommodate raised garden beds (built out of Trex decking material) and hanging plants.
  • Cabbage, broccoli, radish, spinach, peas, brussels sprouts, and kale thrive in a winter Walipini. Bell peppers, squash, tomatoes, lettuce and herbs also grow successfully. Some crops grow so fast in this humid environment that you can grow two plantings in one season. Indeterminate plants, which are often grown as annuals, become perennials in the Walipini.

Cooking Tips

Lifeline Busy Summer Meal: Arrabbiata Pasta Dinner

  • You can’t beat this one pot, set-it-and-forget it recipe on busy harvest days—prep (5min), slow cook (8hrs), finish (10min).
  • Use up garden tomatoes. No chopping. No blending. Add fresh garden basil. All day aromatherapy. Restaurant quality meal.

Summer Hostess Gift

Learn About Weeds

  • Native weeds may have beneficial properties and culinary uses. Puncturevine is a natural diuretic, improves libido, relieves inflammation, lowers blood sugar, improves heart health, and may prevent cancer. It seems completely inedible, but the entire plant is edible. The best way to eat it = boil the thorny seedpods to make a protective tea.

Student Q&A

Q: Did you haul in other dirt for your Walipini garden bed, or did you just use the existing dirt? (36:30)

Q: When does it make sense to grow cold tolerant crops in a greenhouse versus just planting them outside? (38:10)

Q: How did you dig it out? How much did it cost? How long did it take? (40:30)

Encouragement

  • Gardening is so rewarding. It creates friendships, food security, excitement, and gut microbiome diversity.

“There are blessings in being close to the soil, in raising your own food, even if it is only a garden in your yard and a fruit tree or two.” ~Ezra Taft Benson

Recommended Recipes

Air Fried Zucchini NoodlesSummer SpaghettiZucchini Bread
Plant-Based Zuppa ToscanaFermented SalsaReduced Sodium Probiotic Pickled Onions

Recommended Classes

#291 July Garden Tour#309 Get Excited & Get It Done#297 Fall Harvest & Winter Food Storage

Class Description:

A new addition to the Protective Diet Homestead series. With a set-it-and-forget-it meal in the Instant Pot, we set off on a field trip to local Walipinis. Julie Marie demonstrates her garden seed saving system and showcases a Protective Diet style hostess gift.

Class URL: https://protectivediet.com/lessons/class-317-walipini-field-trip-watermellon-harvest-and-seed-saving