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Grapevine > Pumpkins on the shed

I want to grow pumpkins on a hot tin roof .. do you need to lay something underneath so the plant doesn't burn? How about huge palm fronds or would this cause dampness and encourge the roof to rust? would it be better to use something else that allows better drainage say plastic "chicken wire" or old lattce?

November 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBee

Sorry, can't comment, but it sounds like a really interesting idea. Wondering where you came up with this? HOpefully, someone out there can help?

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

".. a flattish roof can be used to grow pumpkins and watermelons.. construct a column of black plastic and chicken wire in the corner .. fill the column with nutrient-rich earth and plant seeds. As the seedlings grow, clip off but two strong stalks .. lead them to the roof... " - "Intro to Permaculture" by Bill Mollison - but is a top end shed roof too hot for this?

December 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBee