Simple, Homemade Hummingbird Nectar

The distinctive chittering chatter of the Hummingbird invaded the backyard last night. It’s a little early this spring, but that doesn’t matter. The hummingbirds have ventured north and they are hungry. That means that homemade nectar is on the menu.

Despite all the chemicals listed on the packets on can get at garden and pet stores, hummingbird nectar should contain two ingredients: sugar and water. The ratio of water to sugar, actually, is two to one or:

2 cups water

1 cup sugar

Bring the water to an almost boil, and then stir in the sugar until it all dissolves. Leave the nectar out to cool before transferring it to the hummingbird feeders, or into a glass storage container for the fridge. It can be stored for about a week.

A few details about maintaining hummingbird feeders:

Ants will invade them, so keep an eye out for the little critters and be sure to rinse out the feeders before refilling them.

Most feeders have plastic flowers with holes in them as the conduit for the nectar. Bees can and do mistake them for the real thing.

Attracting hummingbirds can be done with red petunias, but also for some reason Greek oregano, a very simple herb to grow.

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