To the Editor:
This article is for Kingstonians…gardeners…people who people who love butterflies or people who are worried about bees dying…and are willing to work for our environment…or all of the above.
My name is Marghi Bean and I have a DIY project for Kingston. As a member of Kingston Conservation, I’m proposing that we build a pollinator corridor in Kingston!
Our large human foot is taking its toll on wild creatures including pollinators. These members of our ecosystem are at risk. When wetlands and meadows are separated by roads, housing, acres of parking lots and general human activity, our pollinators don’t have the resources that they need. A corridor for pollinators is created when properties provide food for these creatures, stepping stones, giving them green spaces to find what they need.
We are most used to seeing the Monarch Butterflies, and know they need Milkweed to survive. Milkweed is one of those gangly plants that we weed out of our gardens. Start by allowing whatever milkweed plants pop up in your yard to grow. Kingston is lucky in many ways. We have a lot of conserved land and lots of wetlands and water, but our farmland has mostly become residential lots. Pollinators need fields full of all the native plants that provide their habitat. Think of those acres of hayfields that have become lawns! Adding native plant gardens through town would help fill this lack of meadowland. In the process we’ll have a town filled with flowers. Our individual gardens can become pathway to larger wild habitats.
Making this corridor would be the easiest thing to do! Don’t mow all of your lawn. Let a patch of lawn go wild with native grasses, shrubs and plants. The birds around you will love you for it. Let lawn borders ‘go wild’.
We could eventually help provide a pollinator corridor stretching from Plaistow to Epping and beyond. NH is a supportive state for projects like ours. Will you help to make this project a success?