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Todd Hoff
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One of the downsides of growing is pots is that you have to water more often. I was wondering if using hugelkultur in a pot would work? Use big pots, laydown some wood, fill with dirt, and the advantages should be the same shouldn't they?
 
Ken Peavey
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Part of what makes hugelkulture work is the diversity of life in the area and the depth of that life.  A plant pot is a microbiotope with reduced interaction with the surrounding.  It takes time for the life to develop within the hugulkulture environment, so annual plants may not be practical in a hugelpot.

If the pot was big and deep, I'd think there may be some advantages.  Try it out.
 
Jordan Lowery
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how big a pot are we talking about
 
Ken Peavey
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I'm thinking a couple of feet deep at least would be needed.  A hugelbed would be made with a foot or more of woody debris with a foot or more of soil on top.  Where is that thread about alternative uses for 55 gallon drums? 
 
Paul Cereghino
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What about the wick in a pot trick... some kind of fabric in the pot, out the bottom, and then into a basin of water.  Capillary action wicks water into the soil.
 
                                  
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Dave Miller
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I transplanted about 70 seedlings into 1-gallon pots recently.  I don't have much topsoil so I used rotting wood chips in the bottom half and compost in the top half, with a thin layer of peat moss on the top.  So far the plants seem happy, and there a lot of mushrooms sprouting up. 

So yes I think hugelkultur in a pot would work as long as the wood is fairly well decomposed.
 
Brenda Groth
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i have read somewhere..not sure where..that filling pots with compostable materials before adding soil, even just leaves, is helpful, but I haven't tried it as I don't do well with containers..(too lazy to water them)
 
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