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Dear Editor,

Try this when a heavy freeze is coming tonight—when you have done all you can about your ripe tomatoes and only green ones are left on the vines.

Pull the whole plant, stems, leaves, and roots. Drag them into your garage or other “weather-tight” outbuilding and pile them on the floor. Here they will ripen slowly over the weeks, and almost anytime you want to eat, dry, or can some, there will be those that have turned red.

This has worked for me for years and regardless of the fact nighttime temperatures fall into the teens or lower.

No Tomato Left Behind

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Dear Editor,

I read with interest the article by Ben W. on edged weapons.  The last item he listed was: “If you are feeling adventurous and have the commitment and time to learn how to use one: a high quality sword.”

I came across a website a while ago that could assist one into that direction: https://www.thearma.org/HEMA.htm

This is the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts. It has some really interesting treatises on the use of edged sword-type weapons as well as others. If you think they were slow and stodgy in how they swung their weapons around, guess again. They were lighting fast and brutal! Anyway, FYI. Best regards!

Sword Lore

To both our tipsters,

Thank you for your letters! We want this site to be a way for people to share ideas as they move toward a self-sufficient lifestyle, and you are helping make that possible! We always appreciate any advice our readers would like to share. Thanks again!

The Editor

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Dear Editor,

Do you or your readers have any information on soapstone stoves?  I am giving up my pellet stove in favor of a heating source that does not require electricity, and I am debating the merits of the soapstone stoves versus traditional wood stoves.  I would appreciate any information you or your readers can give me as to efficiency, operational benefits, maintenance tips, etc. between the two types of stoves. Thank you.

Swapping Stoves

Dear Swapping,

I will be honest and admit that I don’t know much about soapstone stoves; however, as you mentioned, I am sure many of our readers are familiar with them. We are including your question in this week’s newsletter, so hopefully we will have answers for you quickly! Thank you for your question!

The Editor

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