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The Wonderful Experiments of my New Life

Updated on April 14, 2018
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Devika enjoys sharing her work with a friendly community. Writing is a big part of her life. Online work has improved her lifestyle.

Different cultures and lifestyles

Beautiful gardens are hard worked.

I spend the valuable time needed for the creative ideas.

You learn new tips for gardening from reading online articles, or from personal experiences.

I have learned through my personal experiences that certain fruit trees should be planted at the right time of year.

It allows for a good performance l in growth and to bear fruit.

When I had my very first lemon tree planted.

I was told there would be fruit in time but after three years of no fruit, I was disappointed.

I tried another spot, I recently bought another tree and planted in a different place.

The experience taught me so much more about lemon trees and of the kind of ground that is required for such trees.

The new spot was the best choice.

I planted new seeds for more new plants and flowers.

The sudden cold weather with lots of hail had damaged many of my new plants.

The hot days fooled me when I planted the seeds impatiently. It has been icy cold and the rest of my plants may never show.

  • What did I not do in the process of planting my first lemon tree?

I did not think about a proper plan for planting my lemon tree.

As a beginner I should have chosen the correct lemon tree the dwarf type.

My hurried thoughts did not allow me time to carefully think of the chosen tree.

I bought the tree from a local farmer, I should have gone to a nursery and bought a three year old tree.

The compost had to mix thoroughly and at its best.

I did not pay attention to the best soil.

I did notice other farmers using artificial mixtures.

The procedure is most efficient if used together with the compost something I totally ignored.

When planting lemon trees choose a sunny position.

I chose a half sunny and shady position which left my lemon tree looking strength-less.

The soil was not well drained I planted the lemon tree in a very uncomfortable spot. The more shady spot did not allow for proper growth.

I did speak to the farmer about the needs of the lemon tree and did not get much information.

My anxious moment got me in a rush and made me wait for the bearing of lemons.

The tree just got taller and slightly greener with new leaves each year and no lemons.

The climate is perfect for lemons but my faults caused the lemon tree to fade.

I did not find out about the size of the lemon tree.

In planting my first lemon tree it showed me the many faults.

I know better than before that with proper planning I could have had good lemons.

To grow a lemon tree from seed will take a long time the best is to get an older tree.

Tangerines grow well in the Mediterranean climate, and I enjoy this kind of citrus fruit.

The local people know how to care for such trees.

I am a beginner and need to figure out the better ways of planting citrus trees.

During the winter the lemon trees are covered to protect the trees from the extreme cold weather.

I did not care much for my lemon tree.

In all this time I have learned a new language, met many people and have got myself into gardening.

Apart from other experiences this life has taught me so much more.

I enjoy learning and knowledge is my greatest power.

Each time I try to plant or experiment on something new I try my best to succeed.

  • For example:

I planned to make lavender oil and had followed a recipe given to me by my best friend.

The lavender oil needed a sunny spot and that is the down fault of the whole procedure.

The procedure allows the lavender oil to soak for six weeks in the lavender herbs.

I learned that my anxiousness got my experiment to not much of what I expected.

Some of my experiments go well like the nut liquor, pear, and ginger liquor.

I made a year ago. I enjoyed the process in making these liquors.

I like to try new experiments.

A greater opportunity for me to learn more about my new life and another culture.

I tried making fig marmalade and the ingredients went moldy. The result put a negative thought in my mind.

We have two cherry trees and when the time is right I will try to make cherry brandy.

All the fruit beard is formed into delicious preserves. A great idea to use up fruit and vegetables.

Marmalade, to jams, and green tomatoes for pickled tomatoes.

The many different liquors made from all the kinds of fruit is such a wonder to me.

A new culture, and a new lifestyle has showed me many different methods in making the home-made liquors.

The local people use their fruit and vegetables in the most simplest of ways.

You don't have to always throw away slightly soft fruit it can be used in desserts or for jams.

I made quince syrup and it required a lot of sugar. I did not enjoy the extra sweetness of this syrup.

Quince syrup is quite popular in Eastern Europe and when made by the professionals you will love the taste of this unique fruit.

The shape and size of the quince is so different to any other usual fruit. When I first saw the quince hanging of the tree I was amazed by its features.

Interesting about the natural and home-made preserves in Croatia the great way of life if you choose to live that way.

When I am occupied with new adventures my life feels full and alive.

I try to focus on the good stuff and work toward what makes me the happiest.

Life is great only if you choose to make that way. Sometimes you don't know where to turn and what to smile at. Your good moment can make you feel that way.

Start of with a smile and good thought only you can do that for yourself.

Be alert and be happy.

Observe your beautiful surroundings and see what you are missing right in your own back yard.

Often you will miss what is close to you and your focus can run away with your clouded mind.

  • Don't let one sad moment stop you from living.

Life is too short to sweat about the small stuff.

You may not be able to avoid all sad moments but cope with the moments positively.

I don't have a specific hobby. I enjoy doing different things with my family am always opened to new experiences.

An opportunity for me to move on and have something new to look forward to daily.

Life does not always bring you the best it is the choices that you make that shows you the end results.

I live to learn and have made that my priority together with my great life decisions.

You won't miss or want anything else from life if you choose to live this life.

Everything in my new life has made me stronger and has taught me how to live without fear.

Happiness, good health, and good friendships are outstanding achievements.

I was taught to the positive way of life and how to enjoy myself rather than to be unhappy and weak in situations.

It didn't take me a long time to fit in and to move on with my life in Croatia.

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Plant a lemon tree easily with these great ideas

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi vespawoolf so kind of you to stop by here life is full of challenges coping with the daily works of life has kept me more alive and confident with myself thank you

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love your sunny outlook and the fact that you're open to new experiences. I also enjoy making preserves when I have time. This is a good reminder to enjoy life and keep our eyes open to our surroundings. We have quince in Peru but it is mostly used to make a fruit beverage or paste. I'll have to try making jam with it sometime! Thank you for sharing.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thank you shelpeare for such an enlightening comment I appreciate your time and effort in stopping by.

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      shelpeare 4 years ago

      I see your experiences are both literally and symbolically "fruitful." Reading about planting here reminded me so much of training a child - the way must be prepared, the atmosphere must be right etc. Very nice article.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi D.A.L. so nice to hear from you I learned from my mistakes and keep on doing so daily if any. My life has showed me many challenges. Thank you for all votes I so appreciate you stopping by.

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      Dave 4 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Great to read about your experiences with your lemon tree. Even great horticulturists have a certain degree of trial and error. The point is you learned from your mistake as you have with problems in your life that makes you so positive in your new beautiful country. Voted up ,interesting and useful.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi rajan thank you kindly for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      precy anza thank you for commenting I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi ologsinquito Croatia is a beautiful country and the rich culture and so well-preserved tradition shows off the great history.Thank you

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Good to know you learnt with the experiments you conducted with planting plants. Life and experience always teach so much.

      thanks for sharing devika.

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      precy anza 4 years ago from USA

      Loves reading your gardening stories and experiences DDE :) we don't have lemon tree but lucky to have an uncle who has a lemon tree, got lots of lemons the other day when we visited him :) And you have lots of lemons there too.

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      ologsinquito 4 years ago from USA

      Croatia looks like such a beautiful country from the pictures I've seen. It must be a very bountiful land. Eventually, you'll learn all the tips and tricks for growing fruits, vegetables and herbs in a Mediterranean climate.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      ChitrangadaSharan thank you for sharing your thoughts at my hubs.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      sunilkunnoth2012 the many changes in my life has made me stronger and more confident I enjoy what I do including writing and new experiements. Since I have a fair amount of time to myself I chose to be occupied in the many ways I know that would make me feel free and happy. Your presence at my hubs is always appreciated.Thank you very much fro sharing your kind words here.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      AliciaC thank you

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      tobusiness let me know when you can stop by thank you

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      MsDora thank you so kindly for coming by

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Purpose Embraced you too get my point thank you

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      billybuc thank you for such kind words.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      FlourishAnyway thank you very much for sharing such great words here.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi CraftytotheCore since the great changes in my life I now feel more confident and have to get on with my life to avoid any obstacles that may come my way I choose to keep busy with new experiences thank you for stopping by.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wonderful hub about your personal experiences as always and they definitely tutored me for some fruit gardening.

      Interesting and informative hub! Thanks!

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)


      The way you lead your life is so wonderful and commendable. You are always cheerful and find time for doing experiments and writing your experience. Gardening is a good idea and a fantastic hobby. I too have started some gardening with my wife and enjoy it well. You have a great fluency in writing and you are never tired. What is the secret of your energy. Please share. Also tell me about your reading habit. Pray for your well being. Keep on writing. Best of luck.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Reading about your experiences in your garden is very interesting, Devika. Thanks for sharing the information about your successes and your advice for preventing failures.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Devika, another wonderful hub, now when do we get to taste the delicious nut wine?

      As always nicely done.

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Devika, life is being really good to you. The earlier disappointments heighten our appreciation for the fruits that come after, and you're making good use of them. Cheers!

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      Yvette Stupart PhD 4 years ago from Jamaica

      I like your persistence DDE. There are lessons to be learnt from your great experiments, and one of them is, "don't give up!"

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There are always some universal truths in your hubs, pure wisdom hidden just beneath the surface of your words waiting to be discovered.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      I enjoyed reading about your experiences here and applaud your industriousness and creativity.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      It sounds like you have some amazing experiences where you live DDE! I live in the cold climate of the northeast where fruit trees don't grow as well here. Although I do have several new apple trees, but they've never produced fruit yet.

      I think it's fantastic that you get to plant your own fruit trees and then experiment with new foods from them.