Welcome Home: Reviving the Front Porch, From the Wraparound to the Stoop

Appreciation for the front porch, the home's connection to the community, is back. Whether your home has a small stoop or a Victorian wraparound, here's how to make it warm and welcoming.

Invite in the birds. Hummingbirds are particularly attracted to red. And not only do they make delightful guests, they eat thousands of gnats and aphids. Fill your hummingbird feeder with a solution that closely matches the sucrose content of the flowers that hummingbirds love. Add one part white granulated sugar to four parts boiling water and let cool to room temperature before filling the feeder. Never use honey, which can cause botulism in the hummers, or red food coloring. To prevent mold, which can be deadly for hummingbirds, empty the feeder every two or three days and wash with very hot water and a bottle brush.
Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison