Self-Sufficient Life: The Mother Earth News Almanac

This article contains excerpts from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS ALMANAC, a 384 page book of recipes, tips, hints, projects, and other assorted ephemera for people wishing to lead a self-sufficient life.

Cut and sharpen a "V" notch into one side of your garden hoe and you'll find it much easier to nip off those tough weeds that seem to delight in growing in tight corners. The V won't slip off as you bear down on a particular weed and the edges of the notch—protected as they are from constantly chopping into the ground—will stay sharp an uncommonly long time.