Even Plants Love Chocolate

Iwish you could smell this right now. Like a rich chocolate fudge brownie right from the oven. I love mulching with cocoa mulch. Isn’t the color so warm and delicious looking? I have been using cocoa mulch for a few years now after discovering it through a friend of mine. I commented how nice her flower beds looked and how pretty the mulch was and she informed me that the magic was the cocoa mulch. Once she let me smell it I was hooked. After a quick Internet search I found that the nearest place to get this was in PA. And I have connections with folks who go to PA all the time. So they get it for me or I get it up there when we travel to PA to see Amish Country.

Cocoa Mulch is made from the shells of the cocoa beans, hence the color and delectable scent. As the mulch ages is turns into a dark brown almost black shade. It is light, easy to put down and my plants like it too. Also no trees were killed in the making only, well, chocolate. So I like my “green” mulch. If you have pets you may want to research the use of cocoa mulch for their safety sake. Cocoa mulch is on the pricier side, as all good things are, but I can mulch every other year as the color never fades, only deepens into richer looking gardens. See the picture below of 2 year old cocoa mulch, pretty huh?


  1. That Girl
    Posted June 17, 2008 at 11:44 AM | Permalink

    My Brother in law uses this stuff – I love sitting in his yard and just inhaling.

  2. Lisa
    Posted June 17, 2008 at 12:15 PM | Permalink

    I love cocoa mulch. It smells like you are in Hershey, Pa!

  3. Robin Sue
    Posted June 18, 2008 at 8:34 AM | Permalink

    that girl and lisa- It smells wonderful!

  4. Kate
    Posted June 18, 2008 at 7:25 PM | Permalink

    I have that all over my herb garden. It’s just heavenly when it’s warm and fragrant, isn’t it?

  5. Robin Sue
    Posted June 18, 2008 at 8:08 PM | Permalink

    Kate I’m sure God uses it for His gardens too!

  6. Puppy pal
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 8:13 PM | Permalink

    It does smell heavenly.

    Please do use caution if you have pets, though… Just like chocolate, it can be toxic to them.

    • Robin Sue
      Posted December 19, 2012 at 6:25 PM | Permalink

      We place it close to the house and warn neighbors with pets. We do not have outside pets, only little sugar gliders;-)

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