TightVac storage containers

Gentle Readers may already be aware, but I have a fondness for canning jars as storage containers for herbs, including TPTSNBN (That plant that shall not be named). They are reasonably priced, airtight, and easy to clean. They can be dressed up with a little acid etching cream (see my article about that in Soft Secrets Magazine here). About my only complaint about them is that they are not opaque (they let light in), and they usually really aren’t all that attractive for use with company.

I was given one of these containers to try out, they are a TightVac container, distributed by Nickel City Wholesale Garden Supply. I have to say, I’ll reserve my final judgment until I’ve had more experience with it, but my initial impression is pretty favorable.

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The idea seems sound to me. The lid is very deep, so a large quantity of air is trapped when it is first set onto the container. There is a little button near the top that opens a small valve, so by pressing the button, the volume of air trapped in the lid is allowed to escape, reducing the pressure inside the container to atmospheric normal, and letting the lid slide down over the container. What is nice about this container, is that since the pressure inside the closed container is the same as the local atmosphere, trying to remove the lid without pressing the button to open the valve causes a vacuum which holds the lid in place.

The plastic used is an opaque white, so light isn’t a problem, and it is an attractive container. Very appropriate for use with the herbs you plan on using soon handy, or bringing out for guests. If nothing else, the unusual closure method is worth a mention and a moment of “show and tell”.

I plan on using it enough to get a feel for it, and will let you know if I wind up liking it or not caring for it.  So far I’ve been very pleased with it.

 

 

Grow with Grubbycup Collectible Buttons (2013)

The 2013 promotional Grow with Grubbycup collectible buttons have arrived. Printed for the Grow with Us Hydroponics customer appreciation weekend – Boston Freedom Rally – Nickel City Wholesale Garden Supply (special thanks to General Hydroponics) tour. Hitting Rhode Island, Mass, New York, and maybe others before heading back to California to get back into the studio and record more episodes.

Almost half of the first run have already been given out, and only expect to have a pack or two for myself left at the end of the week.

 

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The first six button set features

1) I love Herb the Wizard’s Magic Potions – I’m pretty sure I’m going to change these to either just I love Herb the Wizard or just go in a different direction with these.

2) Sancho Bonsai – I like these, and one of the more popular buttons. It is clean and easy to read. Will probably keep this design for the Sancho buttons at least for a while.

3) The original Grubbycup button with the growing G logo – The first and most popular of the Grubbycup promotional buttons.

4) A crop of the Grow with Grubbycup show logo – May change the text to be larger, and tweak the purple G.

5) Grow with Grubbycup green with heart – Cute, but will likely be replaced by a different button.

6) Admit One Alphred’s Dungeon Pass – I really like the concept here, but the script came out a little difficult to read. Will likely change for the next print run.

So Gentle Readers, why the extra details about the buttons? And why point out which ones will likely not be reprinted?

Because some folks collect them. Not because they will ever be worth any more than they are now, but just for fun. By posting a chronological record with photos, descriptions and comments, I hope to make it a little more fun for those folks.

Current plan is for the next set of buttons to be used as giveaways for Gentle Listeners, but still working on the details. Until then, if you see me, don’t be shy about walking up and asking me for a button, I try to keep at least a few in my pocket for just such an occasion, particularly at events (limited quantities, while supplies last).