The only mulch that might sabotage your diet resolutions—it really does smell like chocolate! The shells of the cocoa bean make an excellent organic mulching material, dry and weed-free. The dark reddish-brown color is very attractive and deepens with age.
While the smell may make the gardener hungry, it repels many insects. You may find references online to cocoa shell mulch being harmful to pets or wildlife, but very few animals will eat it and even fewer will eat enough to cause ill effects. Best applied in sunny dry areas.
Apply a 1" thick layer and water lightly to prevent the hulls from blowing away; as they dry, they will curl and interlock, providing an effective and long-lasting barrier against weeds. AYC
8400 Chocolate Mulch
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Inoculants, soil amendments, fertilizers, livestock supplies and pesticides are labeled as: OMRI: Organic Materials Review Institute. Most state certifying agencies, including MOFGA, accept OMRI approval. MOFGA: Reviewed and approved by the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association Certification Services. Allowed for use on MOFGA-certified farms. Check with your certifier. WSDA: Listed by the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Organic Certification division for use in organic agriculture in Washington State. MOFGA has indicated that they will accept products on this list for their certification program. Check with your certifier. Nat’l List: One-ingredient products on the NOP* List of Allowed Substances (subpart G of the Organic Foods Production Act, sections 205.601-606). Check with your certifier. AYC: Ask your certifier. Has not been reviewed by a certifier, but the active ingredient is allowed. Ask your certifier. Not Allowed: A few of the products we list are not allowed for organic production but we think they have a place in sensible agriculture and can be used when certification is not an issue.