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Location: USA, Koppen BSk, USDA 8a, 8b, Sunset 106
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I've watched several youtube videos about planting in hugel pots but none show outcomes. Do they really work, grow healthy plants? Would including charged biochar mitigate the nitrogen loss caused by the decomposing wood?
 
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Unless the pots are very large, I would not put sticks at the bottom as most plants need as much soil to grow in as possible. Pots are generally smaller than ideal because we like to be able to lift them and move them to another location on occasion, or for whatever other reason.

I would prefer to simply have a good mixture of compost mixed with the soil and if you want to minimize watering manually, then put in plants that that can live off of the rain. They will need to be more drought tolerant than if you put it in the ground.

The exception if I have a very deep large pot and less root system in comparison to the pot, and need some filler then I could add branches or mulch at the bottom to use less soil. 

I would mulch the surface of the soil with mulch to reduce evaporation and conserve as much moisture in the pot as possible. 

Whenever possible it is usually better to plant in the ground than in pots.
 
Rebecca Willis
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Thanks for responding so quickly. People who live in apartments have only patios or balconies. I'm trying to work out how to get very good evenly moist soil in a pot,  to reduce watering and without buying expensive wicking beds. I agree that I need bigger than usual pots if I try hugel pots. I want to make sure that they work.
 
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You could experiment with some pots "hugel" style and others other methods and then compare.  You can always share your experiences here so others can learn from them.
 
Rebecca Willis
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Location: USA, Koppen BSk, USDA 8a, 8b, Sunset 106
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Of course. By inquiring here I was hoping somebody had already worked it out. I'll give it a go. Have you had any experience using charged biochar in a potting mix?
 
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