In the Spring, I had this beautiful basket of white pansies hanging on my front porch. But now, after a solid month of 100-degree temps and my excellent ability to remember to
not water the flowers, they are no more.
But while those flowers graced my porch, a little hummingbird had made it his regular feeding spot and I've caught him a few times a week still coming back to the same basket of
dead flowers. I felt bad everytime he flitted by our dining room window and I saw him make a brief hover over the basket, only to fly away hungry and most certainly disappointed.
On a recent visit to my favorite home projects store, I decided to grab a hummingbird feeder, but I didn't want to pay for the $10 nectar (aka: sugar water) that was sitting next to it. I remember my Papa feeding the hummingbirds himself when I was a kid, and I'm pretty sure he never bought that water-sucralose-red dye #40 version. Yuck.
So, to make your very own all-natural hummingbird nectar you'll need:
2 cups of water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Over medium-high heat on the stove top, combine your water and sugar in a small pot.
As the water heats up, stir the sugar until it is completely dissolved. Heating the water-sugar combo will make the sugar dissolve completely to form a smooth mixture, ensuring your feeder doesn't get clogged.
Now, get your feeder ready with a funnel. I would have loved to take a super savvy picture of me pouring the sugar water into the feeder, but alas, I only have two hands.
Once it's full, screw on your feeder bottom and hang.
Sugar water will keep in your refrigerator for a little over a week if you want to just make a big batch. It won't, however, last that long in the feeder. Be sure to change out the water every 2 days in hot weather and every 5 days in the cooler seasons. You can usually tell the sugar water is ready to change when it starts to get cloudy.
To clean your feeder, just use a mixture of warm water and vinegar and it'll clean the sugar buildup right out.
Alright, Hummy! Come and get it!