Welcome Back!

Low Chill Cherry Tree in the DesertHi Friends!

Well, I’m finally back to writing once again after a long, and what seemed like forever, 5-month break. And boy, did I really missed all of you.

Now, as most of you know, I’ve been dealing with a few health challenges for about 4-years now that conventional medicine has failed to provide any real answers or resolutions for. Those of you who have been following my blog for some time now also know that I’ve been growing and eating my own home-grown delicious high brix nutrient dense fruits and vegetables from own backyard. And doing so has done wonders in helping me to feel so much better and take back my life from this mysterious illness. Despite this, my health suddenly took a turn for the worse.

The reason why I’m telling you all of this is not to seek sympathy ~ though prayers are always welcome ~ I feel I owe you an explanation for my absence and to pass along encouragement for those of you who are facing their own health challenges.

For a few months now, I’ve felt like I hit a wall with my progress. No matter how much home-grown fresh greens, fruits and veggies I incorporated into my diet and despite the fact that I pretty much eliminated everything else (i.e., dairy, wheat/gluten, chocolate, fried foods, etc.) for the past 4 years… I felt stuck. In fact, my progress started to feel like it was unraveling. I was eating clean and better than I have in years… so how could this happen? Well, a recent hospital stay and several procedures later, I now have the answer. My major health issue is mechanical and not illness related at all.

While in the hospital, the doctors discovered (finally!) that I have a fairly severe hernia in my abdomen. OMG! It only took conventional medicine 4 years to figure it out. Years ago, it took them a year of head scratching (and lots of pain on my part) to figure out I had a rather common ailment… gallbladder disease. To add insult to injury to this new discovery, I also found out that I have a rather severe electrolyte deficiency (the issue that brought me into the hospital in the first place) as well as a thyroid issue. Holy smokes!

Needless to say, my situation has been quite debilitating at times and has obviously impacted my ability to write on my blog. It’s also slowed me down quite a bit in the garden, too! Aaaaargh. Two things near and dear to my heart 😦

After picking myself back up from this jolting news and a few trips back to my integrative doctor, I’m working through my new challenges and well on my way to healing. Thank goodness for all my home-grown fresh greens, fruits and veggies! I was able to sail through all the invasive tests and procedures and be around a lot of sick people with no issues. A huge difference from just 4-5 years ago, when I would catch anything and everything that blew my direction and have to deal with post-illness infections.

Though this has definitely been a blow to me and my health progress, garden and blog, I’m determined to push through it and continue to move forward. This also includes expanding my natural health arsenal of holistic/homeopathic medicines to include herbs and essential oils as well. I’ve only dipped my toes into this world and am impressed enough that I’ve actually altered our overall garden plan to include a medicinal and aromatherapy garden as well. Definitely more to come on this new adventure!

Bottom-line… I’m glad to be back, appreciate your prayers and have so much to share with you. For those of you currently facing health challenges, I encourage you to grow your own fresh fruits and veggies. Start small and easy like growing fresh greens and herbs. They are jammed packed full of nutrition and health promoting qualities and practically grow themselves!

Be sure to keep an eye out for the next post in my fruit tree series called Fruit Trees: Planting In the Desert Part I and Part II. I should have Part I up on my blog by this Friday. Also, be sure to check out my Facebook and Instagram pages. I regularly post new photos and helpful garden tips and information there.

As a side note… last year, I attempted to start making garden and orchard related videos for you to watch, but that project stalled out a bit with recent events. When things get sorted out here, my videos will be back on track! So keep your eyes peeled.

Before I sign off, did you check out the photo I posted at the top of this page? This is my 3-year-old low-chill Royal Lee cherry tree! Yes, you can grow cherries in the desert. Only a few short months and I’ll be eating deliciously sweet and nutritious cherries direct from my own backyard. Can’t get any more local than that!!!!

It’s been so great chatting with you again. Hope the rest of your day is beyond awesome!

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12 responses to “Welcome Back!

  1. horsetrail1

    Hi April, I’ve just found you today. Very interested in your fruit tree information as well. Hope you continue to recuperate and heal well. We are not new to medical stuff as my husband suffers from RA but we do what we can to try and eat clean and keep moving. We have found a rheumatologist that has recommended eating cleanly and highly into the natural herbs and supplements along with the heavy duty meds that he has to be on.

    I just ordered some bareroot fruit trees from a friend who made a large order from the Bay Laurel Nursery. Have recently been to Bob Morris’ fruit tree prunings as well. So really looking forward to reading your blog.

    • So glad you found my blog. Hope you subscribed. Major medical things can be quite debilitating, with God’s grace we continue move forward and live our lives.

      That’s awesome about your trees! I was hoping to get my “how to plant a fruit tree” sooner, but with the warmer weather here in Vegas, my trees started to bud up, so pruning like crazy. I should be able to post this weekend.

      Bob is a great teacher!

  2. I am so happy to hear you found out the major issues with your health and that you are starting to feel better! Sometimes life throws us a curve ball and we need to just rest both mentally and physically so we can regain our passion and joy in living. All the best to you, I have missed your wisdom and knowledge.

  3. Ranka

    Hi April, it feels good to read that you are getting well again. I will gladly include you in my prayers. I was – like you- struggling with severe health issues last year (I still am, for example thyroid issues like you) and I definately have to grow my own cures (medicinal herbs), because I too got no help from so-called modern medicine. Here in Germany we have a saying, which I can translate like that: Help yourself, then God will help you. And the best thing we can do is to use God’s own pharmacy: Nature. I am really looking forward to your writings about essential oils and herbs. There is always so much I can learn from you.

    • Hi Ranka, sorry for the long delay in answering. This is just my super-duper busy time with my orchard bursting back to life in spring and my garden transitioning to summer crops. I grow a lot of heirloom tomatoes in my garden, so I was also growing tons of tomato seedlings 🙂

      Thank you so much for your kind and inspirational words. I do appreciate it. You’re always so thoughtful.

      I go to an integrative doctor here in Las Vegas NV and the alternative medicines he gives me, that works great, are actually German homeopathic medicines. One of the companies that make the homeopathic products is Sanum in Hoya, Germany. Love their Pleo Rec 6x product (though our FDA has stopped them from shipping into the U.S. since late last year). Do you have access to these wonderful products? If you do, you should definitely try some. For me, Pleo Rec works great for keeping nasal congestion under control as well as fevers.

      It’s so good to hear from you 🙂

  4. Regina

    I’ve only recently found your lovely blog, April. Best wishes as you regain your health. I’m a trans-planted Californian veggie-gardener attempting her first garden in St George, UT. I fear I have much to learn about growing in the desert!!

    Plus, I’m attempting this first garden in straw bales….something I’ve never before attempted. I’ve got my fingers crossed. =:>

    • Welcome, and thank you for the kind words. The hot and dry climate in St. George UT can be very challenging to grow in, too. Straw bale gardening is very interesting. I wish you great success with that.

      There’s an awesome gardening resource nearby you. Ali’s Organics in Hurricane, UT. Ali is a wonderful lady and extremely knowledgeable about gardening in your area. She is a Master Gardener and teaches gardening classes on her property. Also sells organic amendments and such. I highly recommend you check her shop’s website for more details. http://alisorganics.com. I highly recommend you visit her shop. Tell her April the Artistic Gardener sent you… she’ll take great care of you. 🙂

  5. I’m so sorry you have been struggling with your health, but happy that you finally have answers and can move forward with treatments that will make you feel better. Nice to see you back here! A little desert garden share – just about to plant a bare root plum, quince, persimmon, and pear!

    • Thank you so much for the kind words Contadinak! That’s absolutely wonderful about your new fruit trees. I’m so impressed with all of my readers. A lot of you have been moving along during my absence and making great progress with your orchards and gardens. I’m so very proud of everyone. Please keep me updated on how your plum, quince, persimmon and pear are doing.

  6. Glad to see you back. Happy you have made some health progress. In your absence I have since received my trees from Bay Laurel and Dave Wilson. You advice helped a lot. I got them all planted and I’m really excited for the Vegas heat to show up and pop those buds open. Have a look if you like at desert2garden. Tumblr.com

    • Thank you so much Chris. It feels good to be back writing again. That is so awesome that you received and planted your trees!!! I’ll definitely have to check out your Tumblr page so I can keep current on their progress 🙂 Welcome to the world of orcharding in the desert!

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