Posted on Feb 20, 2019
Temperatures are rising, flowers are blooming and the sun is shining. Spring is here! Whether it is spring cleaning, making some home improvements or planting a garden, there are many ways to enjoy all that this wonderful spring weather has to offer! We’ve gathered five tips to help you welcome spring into your home.
With spring comes an abundance of fresh produce at local farmers markets and grocery stores. Use this list of in-season produce from Fruits and Vegetables More Matters to stock up on fresh seasonal goodies to prepare vibrant meals at home. Sorghum is an excellent pairing with an array of seasonal produce. Welcome spring into your kitchen with this spicy Roasted Asparagus with Harissa-Spiced Sorghum from Sharon Palmer. This Spinach and Almond Sorghum Salad makes for a sweet, tangy duo. If you prefer savory flavors, check out this Greek Sorghum Bowl with Artichokes and Olives. For more spring sorghum recipes, click here.
There is nothing quite like a clean, organized kitchen so why not start your spring cleaning off there this year? Think through all the places that can be decluttered and organized - the refrigerator, drawers, dish cabinets, spice cabinet and pantry - and make an action plan. Find organization hacks like incorporating baskets and labels in your refrigerator, cabinets and pantry to help ease cooking and cleaning time. Add a shelving structure to your spice cabinet to help keep things organized so they are easy to find later. While going through your pantry, consider removing and donating non-perishable items that you might not use. You can take these items to your local food bank or shelter to help reduce food waste. Read more tips on cleaning your kitchen and pantry.
Spring is the perfect time to change up home decor for a fresh look. It can be as simple as swapping out the photos in your frames or changing the pillows on your couch for a touch of seasonal color. Houseplants are also a great way to add natural decor and color to your home. If you are new to the plant world, go for a low-maintenance plant like a sansevieria, pathos or succulent. Choosing colorful pots with creative textures can add vibrancy to your decor. You can also DIY your own floral arrangements. For a longer-lasting arrangement, opt for silk or artificial stems. You can even incorporate sorghum into the mix. Get sorghum floral arrangement inspiration from HGTV.
Planting a garden is a great way to enjoy fresh produce in delicious home-cooked meals, and it can be a fun family activity. Start by preparing a small section in your backyard or create an above ground garden using containers from your local garden or feed store. Some easy vegetables to try growing are tomatoes, lettuce and carrots. You could even try your hand at growing sorghum in your garden. For vegetable gardens, planting in spring is optimal - use this planting calendar from Farmer’s Almanac to determine when to plant in your area. Check out the Farmer’s Almanac for more beginner gardening tips. Creating a container herb garden indoors is also a great option if you’d like to start small. Starter kits are often available at your local home improvement store, too.
As the weather warms up, it’s nice to spend time with family and friends outdoors. What more convenient space than your own backyard? Spruce up your patio by adding some outdoor furniture like a bistro table and chairs or a porch swing. Hang flowers or plants in macrame hangers for fun pops of color. Decorate your fence or exterior walls with metal art of your favorite sports team or colorful spring designs. You can also add charm to your backyard by hanging lights along the perimeter of your patio.