Weeding and soil cover
30. Many weeds grow among the cocoa tree rows.
You must not let weeds take nourishment away from the cocoa
When the cocoa trees are young, you should weed 4 or 5 times every
When the cocoa trees are bigger, they cast a lot of shade and so
few weeds will grow. It will be enough to weed once a year. When you are
cultivating be very careful not to damage the trunk and roots of the cocoa
31. Between the rows of cocoa trees, you should not leave the
You should cover the soil either with cut weeds or with palm
fronds, if available.
In this way the soil is protected against sun and erosion; it
stays moist and cool.
When the weeds rot, they give the soil organic matter.
You can also sow a cover crop, for instance legumes. This will
give the soil good protection against sun and erosion.
You can also sow a cover