In April I spent a week at one of my favorite getaways - John C Campbell Folk School. I took a class on pollinators because I wanted to get outside each day. This book was one of the ones recommended for the class. Some take aways from the book:
Hummingbird feeder recipe - 1 part plain sugar (or superfine sugar) to 4 parts water. Boil water first (duh, I was heating sugar up in cold water) and store any leftover in the refrigerator.
Saucers of stone water for butterflies - Use a clay plant saucer filled with river stones and gravel and cover just below top of stones with water.
Butterfly bait Mash 3-4 overripe banana in a bowl, then put in a bucket with 1 bottle of molasses or corn syrup and 1 pound of brown sugar. Pour one bottle of beer over mixture. Put in shade to ferment for a day or two then "paint" on a tree trunk or fence post near eye level or paint a trail around the year; re-paint when it dries up or stops attracting butterflies.
Does that sound just awful? I have to try it, I'm thinking it will attract something other than butterflies!
Published: 2001 Read: April 2013 Genre: Non-fiction Gardening