Do you have a leaf blower? If not, can you borrow one? Eye protection, dust mask, and then wind tunnel that shit out of there. An air compressor is even better, but only freaks like me have those, I think. Once the loose stuff is gone, you can go to town with a broom and a still-bristled brush and do a deep sweep.
Previously the north yard was … eh. not particularly happy grass, a rough raised bed of strawberries & tulips that had stopped producing, and a very young cherry tree.
First, ridiculous amounts of supplies: that’s 3 CUBIC YARDS of planting mix. (There was also 3 cubic yards of gravel, for the yard and the parking strip)
Then a whole lot of 20/10s and some help from the family:
Add some lumber and several trips to Sky Nursery later, it looks like this:
That’s a cherry tree, 3 blueberry bushes (Blue Sunshine, Toro, and Duke), slicing cucumber, lemon cucumber, quinalt strawberries, shuksan strawberries, lettuces, 4 kinds of sunflowers, purple cauliflower, filet beans, yellow pear tomatoes, sugar snow peas, shelling peas, sugar snap peas, sweet peas, English Lavender, pink fleabane daisies, and “Becky” shasta daisy. And a container of spearmint, dill, and garlic chives.
Seed (some of dubious age, so I don’t know if it will actually grow) has been sown: Boothby’s Blonde cucumber, red and orange California Poppies to accompany the blueberries, some King’s High Scent sweet peas for the trellis, Zamboni broccoli, and Royal Burgundy beans, snacking carrots and Easter Egg radishes.
Oh, and the 3 trellises leaning against the house here are actually installed across the back of the right hand bed.
My legs feel like they are going to fall off, but basically I look like this right now:
And we will eat WELL this summer. Oh yes.