I just watched an interesting film called "The Salt of the Earth". It's about a photographer, who leaves his forest home in Brazil, travels the world making photography that captures huge movements on planet Earth. When he comes back home, his childhood home has been destroyed and turned into a desert. Then he tries to turn the place back into a forest. It's inspiring.
The place is now a national park in Brazil, called "Instituto Terra".
In my opinion a former rainforest probably can't really be called a "desert." With enough rainfall to be a rainforest, it just can't, in my opinion, fit any definition of what the majority of people mean by "desert" which to most people means "a dry place." A former rainforest is not a dry place.
Thanks for stating that in a respectful way. I think you have a valid point. I put it into forest gardens also. It looked like a complete desert before. I'm not sure how much rain they get. They did say that they had to add a lot of water to make it grow.