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Goldenberry
Northeast, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 4, 2011
12:17 PM

Post #8471458

In my endless quest for a fine-textured additive to my containers, I bought a single bag of cocoa shell mulch when I couldn't find pine fines.

The clerk at Ace Hardware remarked that my garden would smell of chocolate now. As if that was a good thing.

On arriving home, I set the bag of cocoa mulch aside to ponder how to use it, as I was reluctant to put it in my flower or vegetable containers.

The next morning, I thought the bag had tipped over in our thunderstorms during the night. But upon close inspection, I found dozens of holes in the bag and its contents spilled out.

Squirrels? Birds? Raccoons? Something loves that chocolate smell!
tropicalnut777
Provo, UT
(Zone 5a)

April 4, 2011
6:53 PM

Post #8472445

very cool goldernberry.. ive never used coco shells.. ive seen them for sale various places..read some on their use..
and seems like a good product used right..
i never thought of looking at ace.. thanks... i'll have to check out if they have them in my area..
Goldenberry
Northeast, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 5, 2011
6:49 AM

Post #8473243

Beware the critters though! Last night we saw a big raccoon digging through the cocoa shells. We had never seen a raccoon on our property before. And this morning, a squirrel was furiously digging in them. Who knew that critters love cocoa? :D

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

April 5, 2011
8:30 AM

Post #8473496

Cocoa is poisonous to dogs.
Goldenberry
Northeast, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 5, 2011
11:44 AM

Post #8473844

I did not know that, Honeybee. Between that fact and the critter-magnet properties, I wonder why anyone even bothers selling cocoa mulch? This was the first, and last, bag of it I'll ever buy.
Plantmum6
American Canyon, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 10, 2011
6:37 PM

Post #8486145

We sell it at the nursery I work at, not only is it a wonderful mulch for your plants but cats do not like it. Many people buy it for that reason alone. I am sorry you had a bad experience with it because it looks good, breaks down nicely and, for some of us, the chocolate smell is heavenly :)

It is also the only mulch, besides bark, readily available here. I wish we had more choices.

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