Summer in the beach flats garden is a magical time of year filled with good times and good food. Many crops are being harvested including onions, squash, carrots, green beans, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, herbs, blueberries, and strawberries. The first elotes can be seen protruding from the corn stalks; silk tassels blowing in the breeze. Soon gardeners will enjoy the delightful flavors of indigenous heirloom corn brought from their homelands of Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. To complement these unique corn varieties are an equally beautiful assortment of heirloom beans including ‘ojos del venado” brought from Sonora Mexico, black beans from Oaxaca, and Italian Giganti white beans. To please the other senses, a variety of flowers can be seen lining the walkways and common areas of the garden. The drone of bees drifting lazily from flower to flower adds an earthy ambiance to the sound of the waves and seagulls in the distance. Gladiolas of every color known stand head high near the Children’s garden plot, waiting to be brought home and loved. Marigolds or Cempasúchil are still small but soon will be waist high bursts of green and orange; the flowers are gathered for Dia De Los Muertos altars in the fall. These beautiful flowers are a staple in many gardens because they repel bad insects and attract good ones. Girasoles aka Cosmos, are volunteers that are eager to please. Appearing in purple, white, orange, yellow and red these flowers grow themselves in the fertile soils of the beach flats garden. The sights, sounds, tastes and smells of the garden combine to create a feeling of peace and harmony that every gardener knows.