A lot has been happening.
The Good News:
Since starting the website and sending out feijoas a lot of people have started growing feijoas in the UK and named varieties are now available, see the Grow your own Feijoas – where to buy plants – Feijoas UK page for more details.
The Bad News:
The Feijoa Farm:
On the 1st of February 2021 I lost access to the farm that we were renting to grow the feijoas, the owner sadly passed away in 2020 and his kids didn’t want the farm.
The farm land has been rezoned as part of the West Lothian Local Development Plan and they want astronomical sums for the land which has put it out of my price range.
A mate I know from landscaping work is in the process of setting up a nursery, he’s moved the plants and keeping them on his land which he thankfully owns. I’d given him some feijoas and plants a few years back and he’s a big fan. Absolutely awful time to move the plants!
At least 50% of the plants sadly died due to being moved in winter and then hit temperatures as low as -15C when they were not rooted to the ground with sitting snow often over 30cm deep.
There’s still no update on when my aorta is getting replaced and the heart failure has moved from severe to moderate severe which is good news. All the info they give you about it is generally based on people over 65 and not 41. This gets annoying as it informs you that the average life expectancy is 2 to 5 years in my severity categories. It really pisses me off, obviously for all the normal reasons but the fact I was given life membership to The RHS when I turned 40, only the year before I was diagnosed with heart failure.
Broken and ruptured vertebrae are still healing, the bone has healed but there’s still pressure on the spinal cord making it hard to walk.
I do not know what this means for me growing feijoas in the future. I will continue to do what I can in my garden and help others where I can, but with my heart the way it is, due to lack of blood flow I often can’t keep a thought in my head and movement can get hard with Dystonia and the compression on my spine from the broken vertebrae.
Hopefully the aorta replacement surgery will help give me back some of the energy, the current thinking is the heart failed due to the amount of pain I am constantly in from Dystonia which I’ve had since I was 6. They’re still doing A LOT of testing including genetic testing with my family, including getting blood samples sent half way around the world. Very impressed! 😀
Like most kiwis I keep myself fit and eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, which meant I wasn’t a candidate for heart issues and it has really thrown the doctors. Hopefully my healthy lifestyle means I can continue for a few more years as I really hope to be back growing or doing something with feijoas in the future.
Sorry if I am slow to respond to emails and comments, I suffer severe carpal tunnel even after 3 surgeries (2xR, 1xL) and my brain currently isn’t always getting enough blood making me struggle to think on many days.
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21st of April 2021: Thank you all for the kind messages!
I would like to thank everyone that has messaged in after this post about the farm closure and my health.