Drying Flowers and Foliage
Drying flowers is a fun hobby and this Drying Flowers and Foliage for Arrangements Web site from Missouri Extension offers guidance on drying flowers in many ways, including commercial desiccants, homemade desiccants, pressing, microwave drying, and oven drying. It includes helpful charts for techniques, and drying times for various types of plant materials.
Clever Gardening Technique
Fruit Pollination Help
Some types of fruit trees, including most apples and many types of plums and pears, require a second variety for proper pollination and fruit set. If you made a mistake and just bought one variety, or if your second type died, you can still have fruit while waiting for a newly established replacement to reach mature blooming age. Prune some branches from a friend's tree (a different variety than yours) early in the morning and place them in a bucket of water beneath your tree. You can also place them in some soft drink cans filled with water and hung by wires in your tree. Replace the branches after a few days to keep fresh blooms coming. The bees will do the rest for you!