How good is Coco Shell for use as a mulch and as a soil conditioner for improving soil structure? The alternative for me is to use well rotted manure, which in previous years I always have. I am on a clay soil and the addition of organic matter to it has been beneficial in allowing it to evolve year by year into a fertile and humus rich soil. But can a soil get too rich for many garden plants? I know roses love it and thrive in it, but I am wondering if the manure is a bit too strong for many plants, like hellebores, heucheras, ferns and liriopes,- the things I am growing. Might the coco shell be more suitable? I am no good at digging anything in because I am too disabled. So I just spread things on the surface and let the worms come up and get it. Will the worms come up and get coco mulch too, and mix it in for me? And is it slow or fast to rot down? (I have read it has a chocolatey smell. I rather fancy the idea of my garden smelling of chocolate).
- 28 Jan, 2010