Tourism is big in New England. Even so, New England states offer much more than rich historical locations. Culture, enterprise, social and community traditions help to make New England a great place to live and raise a family. There is no other region of the United States that is older than New England. If you value and appreciate history, New England is a great place to call home.

Diverse Landscapes – Oceans, beaches,mountainous areas and flat lands make up New England. Looking for great beaches?There’s Cape Cod, Nantucket, Falmouth and Martha’s Vineyard, to name a few. Quaint villages in areas like the Hull and Truro make for memorable, relaxing getaways. Of course, you could also purchase property in one of New England’s villages and regularly enjoy a quieter and calmer pace of living. But, that’snot all. Mountainous landscapes include Mount Washington, Mount Flume, Mount Liberty and Mount Mansfield.

Food – Although it’s famous for its breweries, New England offers savory food items. There’s hot clam chowder to warm you on cold afternoons. Cranberries, maple syrup, steamed clams, cheese and lobster are New England staples.

Waterways – Numerous lakes and rivers provide for great fishing. If you’re into fishing, board a boat and spend the afternoon relaxing while you travel down waterways like the Pow Pow River, Lake Attitash or the Kennebec River.

Sports – You don’t have to be an outdoors person to get into New England sports. If you love football, there’s the Super Bowl winning New England Patriots. Not a football fan? You and your family could attend Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, the Connecticut Sun or Boston Bruins’ games. You could also enjoy taking in one or more minor league athletic events.

Business – Major corporations, midsize companies and small businesses thrive in New England. If you’re an entrepreneur at heart, you could start a family business and potentially see a spike in sales if your business is located in a major business hub or if your business is located in a busy tourist spot. Cities like Boston, Hartford and Worcester are known for robust enterprise.

Education – Harvard University, Boston College, Yale University, Brown University, Dartmouth College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are located in New England. Secondary public schools offer robust curriculum to prepare students for admittance into one of the area colleges or universities.

Literature – Ralph Waldo Emerson, W. E.B. DuBois, Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost were either born or lived in New England. Storyland in Glen, New Hampshire takes popular childhood stories like Cinderella and Mother Goose from the printed page to the stage, connecting children and adults to the celebrated stories even more.

Arts and Crafts – Several arts and crafts festivals are held throughout the region, many are free to enter. You can also enjoy street festivals and local seasonal arts and crafts shows. Come as an artist and showcase your talents.

Climate – Just as New England offers diverse landscape, it also offers diverse climate. All four seasons are experienced in the region.

National Landmarks – About 20% of America’s historical sites or national landmarks are in New England. The country’s first public park, oldest newspaper and largest producers of blueberries hail from New England. Among the area’s national landmarks are the Edward Bellamy House, Acadia National Park, Lebanon Green, John Adams’birthplace, W. E. B. DuBois’ childhood home, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s home and House of the Seven Gables.

Running out of things to do in New England is hard, especially if you like to get out and visit new sites. Schools, worship, entertainment, sports, shopping and community enriching offerings help to educate, inspire and strengthen people of all ages and from a broad range of backgrounds. You don’t have to be an avid fan of an area professional sports team to become a proud New Englander.

planting flowersThere are many different types of fertilizers, both chemical and organic, available today in the marketplace. The type of fertilizer you select has a huge impact on the quality of your plant product. While home gardeners and farmers all over the world use chemical fertilizers, many are now shifting to carbon-based organic fertilizers due to the diverse array of benefits of the latter.

Organic fertilizers are soil amendments that deliver nutrients to the soil, specially formulated from 100 percent natural organic sources. Organic fertilizers may also contain certain inorganic materials such as minerals derived from rocks, animal bones or marine life. Organic fertilizers also contain a wealth of other secondary nutrients, trace elements, vitamins and amino acids.

Organic fertilizers contain none of the fillers, synthetic materials, noxious chemicals or poisonous toxins found in commercial chemical fertilizers designed to artificially mimic the ingredients found in nature.

Chemical fertilizers offer an “empty” type of food directly to the plants. This is similar to the empty calories we obtain from eating pure refined sugar. Organic fertilizers include living microbes providing full service to plants by decomposing dead animal and plant residues to humus; develop soil structure, water penetration and retention, to shift soil pH towards neutral, suppress disease, and control nitrogen delivery to plants according to need. Without a doubt, growing with organic fertilizers is the only way to grow.

Health concerns and safety issues are two of the biggest reasons for using organic fertilizers versus synthetic chemical fertilizers. As the world becomes more environmentally conscious, most everyone is aware of the many dangers of using chemicals on your plants or in the home.

If you are growing edible plants such as vegetables, fruits, and herbs, you want to know with certainty where your fertilizer comes from and that it is 100 percent organic, free from seeds, weeds, herbicides and pesticide contamination. Using organic fertilizers ensures that consumable plants are free of harmful chemicals. As a result, the end consumers who eat organically grown plant products are less likely to experience food allergies or diseases such as cancer or gastrointestinal, lung and skin disorders, as compared to those who consume plant products cultivated using chemical fertilizers.

Safety of handling and application of fertilizer is a major consideration for the gardener. Who wants to suit up in protective gloves, gear, and goggles to fertilize their plants? Most chemical fertilizers come with warning labels that they are poisonous, or can cause burns or irritation to the eyes, mucous membranes, lungs and skin; apply with caution. Organic fertilizers are safe to handle and do not present a health concern. There is no question about which one you would prefer to use around children and pets.

Organic fertilizers are also safe for the eco-system as they are easily biodegradable and do not cause environmental pollution. Alternately, chemical fertilizers leach into the soil and eventually find their way into the water system where they are consumed by fish, birds and other wildlife; a major cause of diseases for human beings and is the force behind the extinction of numerous plant, animal and insect species. Organic fertilizers contain no such harmful compounds and therefore do not pose a danger to the eco-system even with increased usage.

Another advantage of using organic fertilizer is that natural materials slowly break down, steadily releasing nutrients to the roots of the plant in a form they can readily absorb and use. Because natural materials decompose or break down over a period of time, the feeding process is slower and lasts longer than the immediate rush of water-soluble chemical fertilizers. Because organic fertilizers work more slowly and steadily than chemical fertilizers, growers don’t have to worry about exact measurements and timing.

The majority of organic fertilizers require soil organisms to break down and release nutrients, so they are available quickly when the soil is warmed, and the soil food web is most active. This time is also when you get the most rapid plant growth, and your crop needs it.

Although organic fertilizers may also build up concentrations of some nutrients, a toxic accumulation of will not happen as long as the organic material can completely decompose. Additionally, because organic fertilizers gleaned from natural sources, only limited amounts of fossil fuels are used in production. Therefore, greenhouse gas emissions that enter into the atmosphere are lower in organic fertilizer production than it is in inorganic fertilizer production

Organic fertilizers ensure that garden plots and farm fields remain fertile for hundreds of years. Farmlands located at the site of ancient civilizations such as China and India remain fertile, even though aggressive agriculture has been practiced there for thousands of years. Soil fertility flourishes because organic fertilizers were applied in the past.

Today, the ever-growing reliance on chemical fertilizers threatens the viability of rivers and lakes polluted by fertilizer runoff and the land is rapidly becoming sterile, prompting farmers to further increase their dependency on chemical fertilizers or even give up cultivation of their farmlands entirely. If you want to keep your garden or growing plot healthy and fertile, avoid chemicals.

Gardeners may obtain from local farmers organic materials such as worm castings or aged herbivore (chicken, rabbit, cow, horse, pig, lama, goat or sheep) manure and process or prepare their own organic fertilizer mixes or purchase packaged organic fertilizers from an online grower’s supply store or local home and garden outlets.

There is nothing new about natural organic fertilizers; manure from domestic farm animals was added to gardens, lawns, and pastures as a source of nutrient for centuries. While herbivore manure is a very effective source of natural fertilizer for outdoor growing, the pungent odor may turn some people away.

Today gardeners and growers have the luxury of having numerous commercially available organic fertilizer products at our disposal. Some gardeners use plant based nutrient providers such as alfalfa meal, seaweed, corn, cottonseed, soybean meal, kelp, peat moss, kelp or mushroom compost, garden compost, forms of green waste such as lawn and leaf clippings, or the waste from sewage treatment plants. Other organic fertilizers may use animal based nutrients such as worm castings, livestock manure, fish meal, blood meal, bone meal, or bat guano. The common element that ties all of these organic fertilizers together is that they are all products of nature.

Growers may wish to consider trying a few different mixtures to discover their garden’s preferred product.

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