The phrase “a jack of all trades, a master of none” is, generally, considered to be an accurate statement. It is meant to indicate that if a person — or, for our purposes, a product — claims to be something to everyone, it is ultimately significant to no one. The occasional renowned polymath aside, for the most part, this is believed to be true.
Perhaps this is why so many of us eschew a product that is meant to be multi-purpose. We scrutinize the label and think: “well, it claims to be good for everything…” and we then automatically add: “so it’s probably not great for anything”. As a result of this conclusion, we soon find ourselves with our garden sheds overflowing with a thousand and one different products and tools, each one designed to meet a very specific need. Is this really the way it has to be?
However, perhaps this is something we should investigate again. Is it possible that a multi-purpose product could, actually be a master of all, significant to almost everything? The answer is a resounding yes, but don’t just take our word for it, there’s plenty of reasons why you should open yourself up to the potentials of multi-purpose products…
#1 – Work efficiency
Every gardener has experienced the sinking feeling of realizing they are about to run out of a product they are in the middle of using, or don’t have a tool to hand that they need to complete a job. This sets you back, delays your gardening plans while you run to the store, and has a knock-on effect on the duration of time you’re actually able to spend working on your garden design plans.
Multi-purpose products and tools are the perfect solution to this issue. If you have a multi-purpose item that you can substitute in so you can keep working, you’ll get to spend longer outdoors, and can replace the depleted or missing item at your leisure. As a result, your garden will be healthier, and the time you spend maintaining it will be used more efficiently.
#2 – Save yourself money
Most gardens have hundreds of different plant species; if you were to try and cater to them all with specific products, then you’d basically hand over hundred of dollars every month in the attempt. Instead, if you purchase a single product that can perform a multitude of tasks, you will save yourself a small fortune.
Certain plants do need specific help, of course– there is no denying that there is a place for specialist products such as food and fertilizer. If you want your garden to thrive as a hive of diversity, then you do have to be careful to ensure each plant is provided with the right tools for growth. Take the time to study which plants and flowers need this specialist health, and which will do just fine with an all-purpose option such as PowerFeed. As a general rule, the more expensive the plant was, the more you should be willing to invest in its upkeep.
The above is also a good method for choosing all-purpose tools; the more you use an item, the more you should be willing to invest in it. Put more money into the tools you use on a regular basis, the staples such as trowels and spades, rather than spending on specific items that are only able to perform a single function.
#3 – No risk of harming plants that are accidentally exposed to other products
This applies specifically to multi-purpose products such as feed and fertilizer rather than tools, but it’s still a point worth mentioning.
If you were to buy a high-nitrogen product for a specific plant, you would have to use it extremely carefully. The reason? Simple: while some plants absolutely thrive in a nitrogen-rich environment, other plants and trees can quickly become overwhelmed by too much of a single product. Having to be careful with your administration will slow down your progress, and there’s always the chance some of the high-nitrogen product will still come into contact with plants and trees that dislike it.
Multi-purpose products have the benefit of being generalized, meaning they are safe for the vast majority of the flowers, trees, and shrubs in your garden. If you’re generally time-poor, this can save you a lot of hassle, and prevent any accidental damage to plants that dislike specialist products and mixes.
#4 – Space-saving in your shed
Many gardeners struggle for storage, which is no surprise given the huge amounts of products available. There are tools for everything, should a modern gardener wish to buy them– the days of relying on a few old faithfuls are long gone.
However, all of these tools — and feed and fertilizer too — require storage. Unless you store items indoors, which most gardeners prefer not to do, that means you will have to develop an outdoor storage system. A shed is the most common choice, but the more items you buy, the larger your shed has to be. This means surrendering more and more space in your beloved garden, just so you can house the products to help you maintain that garden.
This doesn’t make sense, unless you happen to be a particular fan of garden sheds. You garden because you want to be able to enjoy the garden, so don’t be denied huge areas by having to dedicate them to meeting your storage needs. Multi-purpose tools and products will hugely limit the amount of space you have to dedicate to storage, which means that you will be able to enjoy more of your garden as a result.
#5 – Gardening is more accessible to beginners
Finally, if you’re a new gardener, then you will find it far easier to get to grips with multi-purpose products and tools than anything more advanced. There’s a lot to learn when you start gardening, so there’s no need to add extra confusion; keep it simple and let your knowledge build naturally.
We may not particularly like the idea of multi-purpose products, and they may not be the answer to every single gardening issue, but they still have their uses. Why not give a few a try? You’ll be surprised at just how effective they can be, and you’ll save yourself a small fortune– worth an experiment, surely!