Great Topic! Hopefully what I am going to add here is what this thread was meant for....
Seeds: If you live in an area where there is a local County Extension Agent or a Farmers' Market group start asking now if they have (or might be willing to) hosted seed swaps. This is a great way to get seeds without cost. In my area many people have collected LOTS of a particular seed ( whatever grew well that year) and may want something someone else has.....The seed swaps are usually held in the Spring...so you AP-ers start saving seeds now for the exchanges.... Don't have any seeds to ? Take some of the redworms you have in your AP set-up or vermicompost, and use them for barter. I do this, and the redworms and/or redworm cocoons (package and label them "Redworm Seeds"- including directions for hatching) are a very popular trade item with gardeners/farmers and I can get all sorts of seeds this way.
Hope this is helpful to others....I'm looking forward to reading about inexpensive AP sources others have.
exacty! this is the right spot for, ideas and info. if you see something that will help another save $$$$$ tell someone.
Take pictures of your space and possible intended materials, take measurements and start a discussion to share your plan online and get ideas from others since they might see ways you could simplify things to save you money.
Also, take a jar of vinegar with you and a jug of water if you go to a rock place so you can test some samples of the gravel before you buy a whole truck load of something that won't work well (in many parts of the country the cheapest gravel is limestone.) You want to avoid limestone or anything that after being rinsed well still fizzes when dropped in a jar of vinegar.
Beware False Economy, a cheap pump doesn't always save you money. Spending a little more money up front on an energy efficient pump can save you lots of money in the long run on the electric bill. The energy efficient pumps are often also quieter and will last longer too.
Cutting barrels around the middle instead of the long way can save you on building support stands for the barrels but weigh the options on the barrels carefully since each half barrel is only about a 25 gallon grow bed. Can you find a good deal on a larger container that will also save you on the extra plumbing bits if it is all added together?
TCLinx shoots and scores again. yes "lo barato sale caro" or the cheap comes out expensive.
yea I think they are afraid that if some one gets hurt while dump scrounging they will get sued so they don't allow it.
The barrels cut round just need a surface which could be a table or blocks or a couple rails under them to bring them up to height while the barrels cut long ways need a cradle. Truth is it's kinda 6 to one half a dozen the other but it usually takes a little more material for the cradle. The barrels cut the long way make for less likely hood that something like potatoes or a banana plant will crack the container. I've got them both ways.
well electrical tape wont hold once the sun hits it. almot pumped out the tank. oooops