I have not read thru this topic, but certainly intend to, it's exactly what I'm looking for.
I have a couple of things to add:
GROWING MEDIA - I use coconut, not the dust (coir?), but large sections or sometimes diced sections, these allow for enough drainage/air, while being really absorbent it still has lots of gaps for roots to enter. It's light, cheap and can eventually be added to the garden or used as a potting mix.
The hard inner shell can also be used, it needs to be crushed into small pieces, this allows for much better drainage. It last longer, has a textured surface for roots to cling to. It's much lighter than gravel or clay balls.
FRAME - For this I use borax treated bamboo, painted with white acrylic to protect it from rain and sun. I've tried adding pics here, I can upload them but can't figure out how place them in the text.
ADDITIVES - I've added molasses, which seems to add iron. I've added worm casting teas, aged urine and STRUVITE, which is high in phosphorous and made by mixing aged urine with epsom salts.