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When is DIY too much? Have you ever set out to make or grow it from scratch, only to be shocked at the time and expense? Say no more to Kevin Connolly who just planted his first lemon tree. The first four he harvested averaged a cost of $155 each. Have you ever miscalculated the cost of DIY?

Kevin's story is about more than lemons, however. He happens to live in Israel and transplanting a lemon tree (to his balcony!) means quite a bit of upkeep. Then there's the mater of the region's shrinking water supply and the politics surrounding it.

What lengths do we all go to grow and make things in environments where they just don't belong? I think of this often living in NYC, as city life doesn't support many of my DIY habits.

What's your lemon tree?

Read more: Growing the world's most expensive lemons at the BBC.com

Related: The Kitchn: Make or Buy?

(Images: Kevin Connolly/BBC)