Cacao shells for home gardening
Cacao shells are used very commonly for home gardening as a top cover for your plants to help retain moisture in the soil and protect from weeds growing. The shell separates from the cacao bean upon roasting. The roasting process sterilizes the shells so that they are weed free and remain organic. We air roast our cacao beans for producing chocolate and produce a lot of these shells which by regulation should not be used in the chocolate. This is your way to contribute to the circular economy and save the planet! Click here to read how we operate our Zero Waste bean to bar chocolate with a circular economy approach and are trying to save the planet.
The cacao mulch has the delicious sweet scent of chocolate with a deep, rich, brown color which gets deeper with age. Many gardeners enjoy the sweet smell and attractive appearance of cocoa shell mulch. Using cocoa hulls in the garden is an excellent way to increase soil vitality and is an attractive top cover for both flower beds and vegetable patches. Cocoa bean hulls also help retain moisture in garden beds and reduce weeds organically, eliminating the need for chemical-laden herbicides. Cocoa bean mulch lasts much longer than other organic mulches because it slowly decomposes into the ground. Cocoa mulch is often used to enhance soil that is otherwise lacking the proper nutrients to grow flowers and vegetables. It also improves the aeration and drainage in soil while enriching the soil with proper nutrients. Cocoa mulch consists of nitrogen, phosphate, potash and a perfectly balanced pH level.
Cacao shells can potentially enter landfills if not used and hence we would like to encourage home gardeners to contribute and help us utilise this valuable resource. These are available in reusable 200 gms packs.