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Don’t bin excess chocolate after easter -you can use it to make garden look lush in time for summer, says gardening pro

A GARDENING pro has revealed that instead of throwing away excess Easter chocolate, you can use it to make your garden grow.

Over the Easter weekend many of us will be giving and receiving copious amounts of chocolate, and it can be hard to know what to do with it all.

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You may be tempted to throw some of your Easter eggs out, however, gardening whizz Sarah Lawson from Storage Box Shop has revealed three unlikely uses for leftover chocolate.

Compost accelerator

Sarah recommended adding small amounts of leftover chocolate to your compost bin.

She said: “The sugars in chocolate can help feed the microorganisms in the compost, speeding up the decomposition process.

“However, ensure this is done in moderation to maintain a balanced compost mix.”

Chocolate mulch

Sarah said that you can also use chocolate as mulch.

Mulch is a layer of material applied to the top of soil to improve its health and reduce weed growth.

However, she said that this method should not be used in areas where there are lots of animals.

She said: While the idea of using chocolate as mulch is novel, it’s essential to consider its potential attraction to pets or wildlife.

“If you’re in an area without the risk of attracting animals, you can experiment with a thin layer of chocolate mulch mixed with other organic materials.

“Always monitor any new additions to your garden to see how they affect the local ecosystem.”


Chocolate as plant feed

Sarah said that you can also use chocolate as food for your plants.

She said: “Dilute a very small amount of chocolate in a large volume of water to create a weak chocolate ‘tea.’

“This can be used occasionally as a plant feed, providing sugars that can boost microbial activity in the soil.

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“However, this should be done sparingly and observed closely to ensure it’s beneficial for the plants.”

She added: “While chocolate can be repurposed in certain controlled garden scenarios, it’s vital to ensure that these practices do not endanger local fauna.

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