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Old 02-20-2008, 04:45 PM   #1
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Default Growing Hops Across the Roof of My Garage

I have a detached garage, similar to the one shown here.

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One side of the garage has a southerly facing that gets a lot of sun. I'm thinking about planting some hop rhizomes at the base of the wall, training them to go up wire runners to the roof, then up and along the roof to the very peak of the garage. This would give 20' or more for the bines to run and I can get up there easily to harvest them.

Do you think the roof would get too hot in the summer and fry the bines? I could probably work out a system to put 4" or 8" of separation between the runners and the roof itself.

What do you think? Could this work?

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Old 02-20-2008, 04:46 PM   #2
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Interesting idea. I bet I could do the same thing if it would work. Very interested to hear what others have to say.

Just pre-ordered my first batch of rhizomes yesterday!

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I would try and figure out a way to secure some white lattice up there to counter the heat from that black-tar shingle roof.

Plus, the lattice would give them something to cling to.

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Do you think the roof would get too hot in the summer and fry the bines?
Depending on how much time the sun hits the roof, yes this may be an issue unfortunately...
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Thats about what im going to do- Except my roof is flat and what I am doing is nothing like your plan.

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I would also worry about the bines holding moisture againts the singles and or causing drainage problems that might harm the roof. Now, if you could rig a ridge pole and train them to sisal suspended OFF the roof itself, you'd be golden!!

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I like BierMuncher's lattice idea. I don't think it would be too hard to build it with 6" or 8" of separation between the bines and the roof. I wonder if that would still be too hot for them. The roof gets direct sun from 9:00am to about 3:00pm, which is a long time in the South. Plus it continues to radiate heat after that.

I don't know...I'll have to think on it some more.

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Alas, right now the garage contains no brewing equipment. Its a roach and spider infested POS that I am renovating myself (The garage in the picture is not my garage, just a random internet clip). It was built by a do-it-yerselfer who didn't actually know that much. At least its a good excuse to buy tools "Honey...I need a reciprocating saw!"
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I would say your roof will be far to hot. Just think how hot an asphalt road gets your roof would be close to that, just with less potential to hold and release heat later due to thickness. I would say your bines would be toasted before dinner time.

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What color are your shingles?

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What color are your shingles?
Black.

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