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Spotlights

The Definitive Primer to Grafting

May 12th, 2020|0 Comments

The Definitive Primer to Grafting Grafting is used to provide more fruit varieties, a longer growing season and more effective pollination by providing a means of propagating plants that do not come true from [...]

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Butter Knife How-To

May 6th, 2020|0 Comments

Butter Knife How-To In these strange times of Stay at Home Orders and pandemic isolation, many of us are finding solace in creative expression. Whether that means caring for your sourdough starter like [...]

The Rules of Boules

April 15th, 2020|0 Comments

How to Play Boules, an Underrated Game for Family and Friends This article refers to the rules and background for boules/petanque, a French game similar to bocce. Garrett Wade [...]

Annie’s Small Space Gardening Extreme Urban Farm

February 25th, 2020|Comments Off on Annie’s Small Space Gardening Extreme Urban Farm

Annie’s Small Space Gardening Extreme Urban Farm Two years ago, Annie Forsthoefel and her husband, Neal, cut down the giant pine overshadowing their front yard and turned their house into Portland’s smallest working [...]

The Top 7 Garden Trends for 2020

February 14th, 2020|Comments Off on The Top 7 Garden Trends for 2020

The Top 7 Garden Trends for 2020 Don't let the cold weather fool you; the gardening season is coming. It's the perfect time of the year to start planning, not to mention a [...]

Fireplace Bellows Kit Assembly

December 13th, 2019|Comments Off on Fireplace Bellows Kit Assembly

Fireplace Bellows Kit Assembly On a recent scouting trip to France, we were so inspired while watching one of our artisans make our Beech Fireplace Bellows, we decided to challenge ourselves and our [...]

Gary’s Top Ten Gift Ideas

November 25th, 2019|Comments Off on Gary’s Top Ten Gift Ideas

Gary's Top Ten Gift Ideas This is the most wonderful time of year, but it can be also the most frustrating. I love spending time with family and friends over the holidays, but [...]

Espresso Cocktails for Your Swedish Fika

November 5th, 2019|Comments Off on Espresso Cocktails for Your Swedish Fika

Espresso Cocktails for Your Swedish Fika Whereas we Americans enjoy a good happy hour (complete with espresso cocktails in the winter or fruit cocktails in the warmer months), Swedes love their afternoon coffee [...]

Industry Insight, A Case For Perennials

September 16th, 2019|Comments Off on Industry Insight, A Case For Perennials

Industry Insight, A Case For Perennials All too often New York City landscapers receive the call for annual “pops of color”. We live in a world where a client’s palette is often limited [...]

How to Make Your Edible Gardens Beautiful

July 10th, 2019|Comments Off on How to Make Your Edible Gardens Beautiful

How to Make Your Edible Gardens Beautiful Gardens should be beautiful, and productive edible gardens are no exception. Dispense with that idea that vegetable gardens are unkempt, disorganized, utilitarian spaces. There’s no reason [...]

How to Select the Best Drill Bits

June 24th, 2019|Comments Off on How to Select the Best Drill Bits

How to Select the Best Drill Bits There are many different kinds of drill bits, and each is designed to excel at a specific type of task. Apart from determining which style is [...]

A Green Woodworking Primer

May 29th, 2019|Comments Off on A Green Woodworking Primer

A Green Woodworking Primer Let's deconstruct a concept that's become a flash-point of buzz, obsession, and occasional skepticism: green woodworking. The word "green" refers to the wood's moisture content—it's relatively wet, either freshly-felled [...]

Pruners: The Right Tool for the Right Job

May 6th, 2019|Comments Off on Pruners: The Right Tool for the Right Job

Pruners: The Right Tool for the Right Job Love it or hate it, pruning is a huge part of gardening. It’s often made out to be more complicated than it needs to be [...]

Industry Insight, My Tools

April 23rd, 2019|Comments Off on Industry Insight, My Tools

Industry Insight, My Tools As a New Yorker, your excitement and commitment to our developing landscape is crucial to the city’s growth and progress. In Industry Insight, I hope to shed some light [...]

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Talking Woodworking with Jake Hogue

April 4th, 2019|Comments Off on Talking Woodworking with Jake Hogue

Talking Woodworking with Jake Hogue Jacob Hogue is the founder of Oak City Woodshop, a custom woodworking company specializing in both residential and commercial work, based in Raleigh, North Carolina. [...]

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Industry Insight, An Introduction

March 27th, 2019|Comments Off on Industry Insight, An Introduction

Industry Insight, An Introduction Having split up my childhood between Puerto Rico, Miami, and New Jersey, my understanding of landscaping was confused for some time. The land and climate were [...]

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Bespoke in Brogue-lyn

March 18th, 2019|Comments Off on Bespoke in Brogue-lyn

Bespoke in Brogue-lyn My name is Anne Marika Verploegh Chassé. I am a shoe & bootmaker, artist and educator. I hand-make bespoke shoes and boots, made to measure for individual [...]

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A New Generation of Makers

February 1st, 2019|Comments Off on A New Generation of Makers

A New Generation of Makers Gregor Halenda and his son, Lucas, making tools in Gregor’s metal shop. History is important for many reasons. It is knowledge [...]

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Fall Prep for Lawn and Garden in 8 Easy Steps

September 17th, 2018|Comments Off on Fall Prep for Lawn and Garden in 8 Easy Steps

Fall Prep for Lawn and Garden in 8 Easy Steps As the days shorten and cooler weather signals the onset of that first chilling frost, it’s time to harvest the last of your [...]

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Exercise in the Garden

September 11th, 2018|3 Comments

Exercise in the Garden When people think of exercise, most picture indoor places, like the gym, in-home exercise treadmills, and sweaty yoga studios. But this is a fairly recent mindset. If we go [...]

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10 Tools You Won’t be Sorry to Own or Give

December 6th, 2017|Comments Off on 10 Tools You Won’t be Sorry to Own or Give

10 Tools You Won't be Sorry to Own or Give As an owner of Garrett Wade I’m lucky to have access to all the tools we carry. Honestly I’m spoiled [...]

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The Importance of Soil

November 1st, 2017|Comments Off on The Importance of Soil

The Importance of Soil Home gardeners and professionals alike know that crop failure, pest damage, and poor soil conditions can be major challenges, but no matter the scale of your growing area, the [...]

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The Maniago Region

October 12th, 2017|Comments Off on The Maniago Region

The Maniago Region In Northeastern Italy the flat farm plains meet the sudden rise of the Dolomite mountain range which separates Italy from Austria to the North and Slovenia to [...]

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Lake Como Region

September 29th, 2017|1 Comment

Lake Como Region Lake Como lies north of Milan and just south of the Swiss border, in the Lombardy region of North Central Italy. Visitors are drawn there by the beauty of its [...]

How To Make Apple Cider

September 13th, 2017|2 Comments

How To Make Apple Cider Autumn is apple harvesting season, and that means fresh squeezed apple cider. If you’ve been lucky enough to have some at an orchard or farmer’s market, you know [...]

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Raised Bed Garden Design

September 7th, 2017|Comments Off on Raised Bed Garden Design

Raised Bed Garden Design Whether you’re a rural dweller with plenty of open space or a suburban or urban type with a smaller patch of grassy land, you can enjoy the process and [...]

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Weather Instruments

August 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Weather Instruments

Weather Instruments Humans throughout history have had to reckon with patterns and forces of nature beyond their control. Hunting, farming, traveling, and building are all dependent on the right conditions; as a result, [...]

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Two Paths from Seeds to Seedlings

August 15th, 2017|Comments Off on Two Paths from Seeds to Seedlings

Two Paths From Seeds to Seedlings I’ve worked on several farms over the last three years, most recently at the Carversville Farm Foundation in Pennsylvania. It’s hard work, some of the hardest work [...]

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Camping With Kids

August 3rd, 2017|Comments Off on Camping With Kids

Camping With Kids Camping with kids can be one of the great pleasures of parenting--we say ‘can’ be, because it can also be tricky, depending on the kids and the [...]

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Repotting Plants: A Guide

July 27th, 2017|Comments Off on Repotting Plants: A Guide

Repotting Plants: A Guide Most people fall into 2 groups when it comes to keeping house plants: The first group is good at keeping their plants alive despite caring for [...]

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Gypsy Moth Caterpillars Meet the Zombie Apocalypse

July 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Gypsy Moth Caterpillars Meet the Zombie Apocalypse

Gypsy Moth Caterpillars Meet the Zombie Apocalypse A Gypsy Moth Caterpillar Massachusetts – and maybe other states – started off this year’s growing season with a horrible infestation of [...]

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Choosing the Best Pruning Shears for You

June 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Choosing the Best Pruning Shears for You

The pruner’s sole job is to cut plants in your yard, garden or farm. It’s far superior to a knife, and much better than snapping things off with your hands. [...]

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My First Memory of Making

June 2nd, 2017|1 Comment

From an early age, I felt drawn towards things I could build. My first real memory of making something was a go-cart when I was about 12 or 13 years old. It was not the one pictured [...]

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When it’s Time to Call a Dead Tree Dead

June 1st, 2017|Comments Off on When it’s Time to Call a Dead Tree Dead

I’ve been growing various fruit trees in Central Mass for about 5 years; long enough to have one great harvest of plums, but not long enough to really [...]

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The Garrett Wade Story

June 1st, 2017|2 Comments

I am well into my baby-boom years. And as I look back on many past decades – all the way back to those very early days – I think on what was important, and not important [...]

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Installing Rivets 101

May 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Installing Rivets 101

Peening a rivet is a strong and useful way to reinforce a high stress area. Recently, rivets have been making a comeback due to their utilitarian strength and industrious look [...]

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An Overview of Japanese Tools

May 30th, 2017|Comments Off on An Overview of Japanese Tools

Over the last few years, there has been increasing interest in the traditional tools of the Japanese woodworker. This may be the result of curiosity about things that are [...]

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How to Install Snap Buttons

May 30th, 2017|Comments Off on How to Install Snap Buttons

Adding snaps to an item is a great way to add utilitarian function that makes it convenient to open and close [...]

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How to Install Grommets

May 30th, 2017|Comments Off on How to Install Grommets

With our grommet setting kit you can repair or install grommets to any of your fabric items. Using our kit, you can place grommets in a multitude of fabrics including sail cloth and leather [...]

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How to Repair a Garden Hose

May 30th, 2017|1 Comment

Nothing is worse than gearing up for spring gardening and finding that you have a damaged hose. Our Garden Hose Repair Kit quickly and easily connects two lengths of hose together [...]

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Garrett Wade’s Essential Tools for Spring

May 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Garrett Wade’s Essential Tools for Spring

Now that the ground is thawing and the sun is shining, we wanted to share some of our favorite tools for the spring. Bringing the lawn and garden back from winter dormancy [...]

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General Tool Sharpening Tips

April 12th, 2017|2 Comments

Whether you’re sharpening up a chisel, a knife, a plane or just looking on some background information about which sharpening stones to use, look no further. First of all, make sure that the tools you are [...]

Welcome to the Blog!

March 29th, 2017|22 Comments

Welcome to the Garrett Wade blog – your newest source for woodworking articles and news, DIY projects and ideas, guest posts from some of our most interesting friends, regular contests and giveaways and, well, basically everything else a member [...]