Cocoa Mulch

Today I invested in my new weapon in my continuing battle against slugs!  I posted earlier that I had heard that either copper wire or pennies would work to repel the slugs attacking my garden and flowerbeds.  Well, that did not work; they attacked anyway taking out my beets and parsley and munching on my daisies and dahlias. Luckily, I have a friend that works at a nursery and they suggested cocoa mulch as an option.  It works for them with great success. An added benefit is that it smells so yummy! Since it has been kind of rainy here the last few days and the slugs have been proliferating, I should know by morning if it indeed works.  I’ll post an update when I know.  I am really hoping it does because it gets expensive to replant a garden each time they mow it down.  I did find on and urban legends that there was information circulating that it was dangerous for cats an dogs, it is not, so it seems to be a very viable pesticide free option.



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Robert La Quey
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 16:45:44

    Hi Sunray,

    I am quite interested in the outcome of this experiment. I am a boat builder not a gardener but we have lots of cocoa nuts here. And lots of people do have subsistence gardens. I will ask around and see if people are using cocoa for mulch.

    Love your work!

    Robert La Quey


  2. kimi
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 20:18:51

    I love cocoa mulch. Another great thing about it besides keeping your plants from drying out is that is doesn’t alter the ph AND the stuff takes forever to break down. I’ve had it on plants for a year…still there! kimi @


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