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Foolproof Tips For Gardening Once It’s No Longer Hot Outside

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Let it grow

Gardening is magic. Put a seed in the ground, let it soak up some sun and some rain, and watch it slowly grow into something beautiful that you can very often put in your mouth and eat; just try to tell me the whole endeavor isn’t intuitive witchcraft at its finest.

This summer, I grew my very first garden, and it had me transfixed. My gardening chores became an integral part of my daily routines, and the rituals of caring for my plants and letting them care for me in return soothed my often overly anxious brain in a way I had never experienced before. But as the long, hot summer days have begun to give way to chilly fall mornings, I started to wonder what would become of my gardening practice. All summer long I’d reveled in the literal fruits of my labor. Would autumn have to be the official farewell to my garden for this year?

Thank the goddesses, the answer to that question is no. Just because North American summer has come to a close, does not mean it’s time to put one’s garden to bed just yet. I live in the Pacific Northwest, where winters are notoriously more gentle than in other parts of the country, so I am blessed with a particularly long gardening season, but even if you live in a location with a harsh winter, now is a perfectly reasonable time to coax some more magic out of Mother Earth. 

Let’s talk about some beautiful and/or delicious plants you can start growing right now and how you can go about doing this if you have never gardened before.

What to Plant in Your Autumn Garden
The days are getting shorter and cooler, but there are many things that still want to grow in the ground and produce heartily right up until first frost. While now is not the time to try to grow prolific tomato vines or tall sunflowers, here are some things you can plant successfully this time of year: leafy greens, herbs, hearty vegetables, garlic, and many different kinds of flowers. 

Some of these things will provide instant gratification, and some will be gifts to your future self. Let’s review which are which. 

Hearty vegetables, leafy greens, and herbs are all great things to plant right now and enjoy immediately. One of my farmer friends recently gave me a long list of vegetables that do very well in cool weather including broccoli, carrots, kale, radishes, and brussels sprouts. Leafy greens will also often thrive in cooler temperatures, so try butter lettuce, spinach, and swiss chard. If you’re really worried about planting outdoors in the fall (though you shouldn’t be!) you can get a head start on your indoor winter herbs: basil, parsley, oregano, thyme, mint, and chives can all be grown outdoors this time of year or indoors all winter long.

Planting garlic bulbs in the fall will bring you great joy come spring and summer of next year. Garlic is the thing I am most excited to plant in my autumn garden because it is so easy and really yields two harvests: first the garlic scapes in late spring, and then the garlic bulbs in mid-summer. Plus it is a plant that actually benefits from being planted this time of year, with the Old Farmer’s Almanac promising bigger and more flavorful bulbs if you put your cloves in the ground now.

Flowers can be a mixture of quick and easy gardening joy and patient gardening surprise. If you want to include some colorful blossoms in your garden to enjoy through the autumn weather, I’d recommend buying fully grown plants at your local nursery and popping them in the ground right away. Some great suggestions for this time of year include calendula (a medicinal plant that comes in shades of orange and yellow), ornamental peppers (currently gracing my window box and looking exactly as they sound), winter jasmine (another yellow blossom that unfortunately doesn’t smell as delicious as you may expect, given its name, but is pretty and uplifting nonetheless), and violas (like tiny, more resilient pansies). If you’re looking to create some magic for your future self, you can plant flower bulbs now and delight in their arrival come spring. Some options for bulbs include tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and lilies.

What Exactly Does It Mean to “Plant a Garden”
So okay, now that we’ve established all the options you have to plant the garden of your dreams this late in the year, let’s backtrack: What exactly am I suggesting you do? Well, time is of the essence, so the best tip is to just go for it. If that sounds overwhelming, I get it. Back in April, when I started planning for my summer garden, I felt completely consumed by fear. I’d never been in charge of my own garden before, and every choice brought about a new round of anxiety. What if I picked the wrong kind of starts? What if the soil in my yard was all wrong? What if nothing I planted ever produced fruit? What if I was bad at growing things? What if what if what if… 

All my friends urged me to just buy some seeds, buy some starts, and put stuff in the ground, but I overthought it to a ridiculous degree. What can I say, it’s in my Capricorn-sun, Virgo-rising nature. Eventually, I made a friend come to my house with her girlfriend and help me dig a couple of holes into which I plopped my tomato starts. She ruefully pointed out how ridiculous it was to have three adult humans digging two reasonably small holes for two very small plants, but I had felt helpless without her direction. 

It turns out everyone was right, though. As soon as I got brave and started digging the holes on my own and sprinkling seeds without fear and just doing it all when it came to the act of gardening, I realized how intuitive the act of growing things is. 

We are humans. We know how to do this. The seeds are alive. They know how to do this, too. 

Do you feel scared about the idea of planting a garden? Acknowledge that fear and then ignore the heck out of it. 

Do some research if it makes you feel more in control (it always makes me feel more in control). Chat with the folks at your local nursery, bombard Google with all your questions, or check a gardening book out from the library. Ask friends who have gardened in your neighborhood. Ask the farmers at your local farmer’s market. People who grow things want to talk about it with other people—it’s in our nature. All this growing inspires the desire to share the bounty, whether that means actual food or a bouquet of flowers or just the knowledge that comes from getting down in the dirt on your hands and knees for hours at a time to rid your raised bed of all those pesky weeds.

Once you’ve done your research, buy some seeds, and/or some starts, and/or some bulbs and put them in the ground. Read the labels and see how much sunlight they need; choose where to plant them accordingly. See how much water they need; follow instructions. If you see weeds popping up around the plants, remove them. Follow your intuition. Don’t be afraid to fuck up. You can’t really ruin anything in the garden; it can almost always be fixed, and often it will fix itself if you just remove yourself. Mother Earth is wise like that. She knows what she’s doing. 

I don’t know how to talk about my deep dive into gardening this year without sounding like a New Agey scientist witch. Planting things has deepened my relationship with Mother Earth, my surroundings, and myself. I feel powerful, even when thinking about my gardening failures. At the end of the day, my garden is an experiment. When I fail, I learn. Remember that. Try not to be competitive with yourself about how “successful” your gardening project is or is not. This frees you from the idea of “getting it right” the first time around and allowed me, at least, to get over myself and finally just put the plants in the ground, no three-person entourage required any longer when digging two small holes.

The times gardening has rendered me most anxious are the times I have tried too hard to be the one in control. When I give myself over to the plants, to the elements, to the earth, to their needs, I find calm. 

When I listen to my garden, we both grow and thrive. I wish the same for you, this autumn season and every season thereafter.

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From selling probiotic supplements to picture frames and umbrellas

A Kardashian-level of success doesn't happen overnight, and it certainly doesn't happen without proper planning. Kim Kardashian West clearly knows this because, according to TMZ, she has already filed for trademark protection on the name of her two-week-old baby, Psalm West. From personal appearances and entertainment services to probiotic supplements and scrunchies, she is leaving no stone unturned in terms of possible business opportunities.

Apparently, all of the Kardashian parents file these kinds of trademark protections for their kids even if the businesses never come to fruition. It's done as a precautionary measure to keep others from profiting off of their name and to make sure that, should they ever want to start a business, they don't have to worry about someone else getting to it first. The sheer length of this list speaks to the huge earning potential of baby Psalm, who can't even control his own neck muscles yet, let alone go into business. Still, this brings a whole new meaning to "securing the bag."

Below, a list of all the things Kardashian West is seeking usage rights for.

Hair accessories

Barrettes

Bands

Bows

Clips

Ties

Ornaments

Pins

Scrunchies

Chopsticks

Twisters

Wrap

Hair extensions

Ornamental novelty pins

Entertainment services

Personal appearances

Skin care

Probiotic supplements

Toy figures

Doll accessories

Computer software

Clothing

Baby bottles

Furniture

Strollers

Beverageware

Swaddling

Blankets

Skin moisturizers

Lotions

Creams

Bubble bath

Fragrances

Body powders

Shower gels

Body oils

Skin serums

Nail polish

Nail polish remover

Nail care preparations

Puppets

Puzzles

Toy jewelry

Toy cameras

Toy food

Bath toys

Baby gyms

Playground balls

Electronic action toys

Baby bouncers

Baby changing tables

Baby walkers

Pillows

Mirrors

Cushions

Picture frames

Playpens

Baby carriers

Cosmetic bags

Toiletry cases

Duffle bags

Umbrellas

Clocks

Watches

Key chains

Calendars

Books

photo albums

Stationery

Stickers

Writing utensils

Collectible trading cards

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Well, actually it's crocodile, but she looks out of this world so...

Winnie Harlow walked the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday on her way to a screening of Oh Mercy!, wearing a showstopping gown.

The sheer black dress featured green embroidery on the front and back, which Ralph and Russo confirmed was in the shape of a crocodile. She belted the dress with a black crocodile skin-like belt and finished the look off with some strappy heels. She didn't leave it at just that. For beauty, Harlow packed on full lids of sparkly purple eyeshadow. She kept her hair sleek and simple.

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Though the brand says otherwise, as Game of Thrones fans, we'd like to think the embroidery is reminiscent of a dragon's skin. Not to mention, Harlow looks out-of-this-world beautiful in it.

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That denim kimono!!

Marion Cotillard shut down the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday at a screening for Matthias Et Maxime. Instead of an extravagant gown that's expected of the event, Cotillard wore a matching black crop top and shorts. Despite wearing an outfit I typically don to a hot yoga class, she looks incredible. She completed the look with an oversized denim kimono, a statement necklace, and heeled booties.

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At first, I was drawn in by the crop top and hotpants duo, but, after looking closer at the kimono, it's clear that it's the real scene-stealer. The floor-length Balmain piece was decorated with artful rips and dragon motifs. I would like to live in it.

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Let's all bow down to the Khaleesi of Cannes.

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"It doesn't make you weak to ask for help"

Singer Billie Eilish is continuing to open up about mental health, this time in a new PSA video in partnership with the Ad Council and Seize the Awkward.

In the video, Eilish insists that "it doesn't make you weak to ask for help." She doubles down on the importance of asking for help, and stresses the importance of friends and family being there when their close ones reach out and checking in on them as well. "You should be able to ask anyone for help, everyone has to help someone if they need it." According to Eilish, there have been times when someone reached out to her at the exact moment she needed it, and it helped.

It was particularly refreshing to see Eilish acknowledge that there are things she still doesn't know and has to learn about her mental health. At the very beginning of the video, the interviewer asks her to reflect on her mental health journey, and all Eilish can do is let out chortle. "I think when people hear, 'Remember to take care of your mental health,' they think that everyone else is, and that is not at all accurate," she admitted. "You know, for me I'm trying to learn still to make sure that I stay okay."

Check out the PSA below.

Billie Eilish On Mental Health & Friendship | Ad Council www.youtube.com

Photograph via @kimkardashian.

"#NotOnMyMoodBoard"

Kim Kardashian has definitely been accused of borrowing a design now and then. But when Instagram influencer and Kardashian look-alike Kamilla Osman claimed the entrepreneur copied her birthday look for a Met Gala after-party, Kardashian was not going to let it fly—and shared plenty of photo evidence to shut down the claim.

Fashion industry watchdog Diet Prada first noticed Osman's claims on Instagram and shared side-by-side images of Kardashian's Cher-inspired outfit designed by Mugler and Osman's dress. "Never get confused with who 'inspires' who. They won't give you credit but they will copy," Osman wrote on her IG story. "I designed this dress for my birthday last year. Nobody had a dress like this was an original design."

Kardashian responded by posting the true inspiration behind her look: images of Cher, in similarly sparkly, plunging-neckline dresses and wigs, and of model Yasmeen Ghauri walking a Mugler show in the '90s. In fact, the only similarity between Osman's and Kardashian's looks is the bodycon mini-dress style, which the two are not the first to wear. Among the images, Kardashian included a blank slide with the hashtag "NotOnMyMoodBoard," making it clear that this was in response to Osman's claims.

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Though I am with Kim on this one, Kardashian does have a history of co-opting other people's work. From being sued over her Kimoji app, to claims she copied makeup palettes and perfume bottle designs, to being accused of copying Naomi Campbell's entire style, it's far from the first (and probably, far from the last) time Kardashian's name will be mentioned like this.

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