We have a small garden bed with small plants in it, and it needed mulching. We wanted a mulch made up of small-sized “kibble” so that it wouldn’t overwhelm the scale of the bed, so when we saw a new mulch at the garden center made up of cocoa-bean husks, it seemed ideal. It’s a very pretty mulch, sort of rosy-tan in color, and fine and flaky.
The thing is, you would not believe how much cocoa aroma these husks retain. First it smelled up the interior of our car to the point that we were slavering for some chocolate by the time we got home. Then we mulched our bed, watered it in, and the moisture brought out even more chocolate smell. Our entire backyard smells like the Scharffenberger chocolate factory - it’s an intense, pure chocolate aroma.
I can imagine the neighbors sitting in their backyard, sniffing the air and wondering where the yummy chocolate smell is coming from. It’s hell on a diet - I’ve been craving chocolate for 48 hours now. Hopefully it fades with time!