Author Archives: Rachel

Early tomatoes

With a Sunstation it’s easy to get a wide variety of plants, including tomatoes, off to a good start. Trickier is finding good compact tomato varieties that will produce delicious fruit when grown indoors. We planted the seeds for these … Continue reading

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Kale – From indoor Wicponic farm to table

Some suggest that to grow kale you need a 5 gallon container. Using our method, we grow beautiful kale indoors in 6 1/2 inch pots – about 1 1/2 quarts. Check out the video!

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Sunstation Donation to Iona House

Last week Daylight Design donated and set up a Sunstation at Iona House in Washington, DC. Iona House provides adult daycare services, with a focus on art therapy. We’re looking forward to seeing how program participants react to the opportunity … Continue reading

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Let there be light

Recent research by USDA scientist Gene Lester has come up with an interesting finding about spinach and other greens. Bagged greens in the front of a supermarket case, under lights, are more nutritious than identical greens of the same age … Continue reading

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Growing kale indoors

Every spring we start kale on our Sunstation for later transplanting outdoors. We love kale, and I try to keep our plants going through the hot summer days and into fall. That’s asking a lot of a cool season plant! … Continue reading

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Daylight Design at the Mother Earth News Fair

We just got back from Seven Springs, PA, where we exhibited at the 3 day Mother Earth News Fair. It was a great show, with a friendly and enthusiastic crowd, lots of interesting exhibits, and some big name speakers. Too … Continue reading

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Propagating African violets

A few months back someone gave me a large, healthy African violet. I noticed some smaller babies within the pot, and started wondering about propagation. The instructions I came across on the web couldn’t be simpler: cut a healthy leaf … Continue reading

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Trying out some unusual herbs

One of the things that’s fun about vegetable gardening is trying out new and unusual food crops.  Some experiments of this sort are best conducted outside — you probably aren’t going to try rhubarb, or a new variety of pole … Continue reading

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Growing tomatoes indoors

While growing lettuce indoors is a breeze, growing tomatoes to maturity indoors is a trickier undertaking. For one thing, even those bred as “patio plants” are likely to reach 3 or more feet tall. We’ve been experimenting with growing tomatoes indoors … Continue reading

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Growing lettuce anywhere, anytime

Lettuce is usually an easy crop to grow. In the right place at the right time, it’s pretty trouble free. Lettuce prefers cool weather, and is therefore best planted in spring or fall in most parts of the U.S. It … Continue reading

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