Coo-Coo for Cocoa Bean Shell Mulch
I bought some cocoa bean shell mulch today at Menards(TM) in Mason City for a new flower bed I started this Spring.
I had driven to MC to buy some Milorganite on sale at Mills Fleet Farm. And decided to cruise thru Menards Garden lot before heading home as I needed some mulch.
I bought the coca bean mulch on impulse, and now I'm wondering if I was crazy. (coo-coo)
I was looking for a mulch that would be free of slugs and just last one year and I thought the coca mulch was the ticket.
And being a choco-holic and thinking that Hershey, PA is a heavenly town...at least it smells like Heaven should smell. The cocoa bean mulch seemed like fun. It did not smell much in the bag at Menards.
I spread it very thin on my flower bed which is 2ft x 35ft between my driveway and the neighbors driveway. It's less than an inch deep and just barely covers the bare soil. It looks great... but...
I soaked the bed before applying the mulch and then soaked the mulch. Which is what I had read to do on the Cocoa Bean Shell Mulch Assoc webpage.
Now my house and the whole end of my block smells like bakers chocolate or at worst coco puffs. It really smells when it's wet!
My neighbors were giving me the business 2 days ago when I turned my compost pile which was heavy with wet grass clippings and few browns and was just a little ... "Stinky"
I can only guess at the harangue the cocoa mulch oder will cause.
Hopefully the chocolate smell will just last the few weeks as promised.
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