William Bronson wrote: I have considered this myself. I would suggin placest alfalfa, as it is known for its root system.
I would also suggest a "soil" made up almost entirely of perlite, to both keep weight down and keep the plants hydrated.
Clear vinyl sides could allow a green house environment during cold weather, perhaps giving your vines a head start for the warm months.a deep litter system could add compost heat and nutrition for the vines.
I have a kennel myself,plus a source of free pvc pipes.
My plan is to run 1 1/2" pvc through each diamond at the top of the chain link and wire them in place. I would zip tie snow fencing on top of that and finish with tarps.
The edges of the tarps would fold up over the top rails and one edge would be perforated to feed a vinyl gutter which would feed a rain barrel.
Perlite would fill the top of the roof, held by the edges that the top rails would form.
William Bronson wrote: I am totally not sure about the pvc, 1 1/2" is the smallest I would use, and it would allow me to reinforce them even after they are in place.
One stong support perpendicular to the pvc would allow me to add one central vertical support, probably of 3" pvc.
R Scott wrote:Living roofs are typically expensive--they have to be incredibly strong to deal with that much weight. Paul gets around that with wofati because he has a nearly unlimited supply of large round timber--and it is still pricey if you count the time invested.
I would not try to tackle one as a novice. Possible, yes--but not easy and lots of ways to get hurt if you screw up.
Abe Connally has done a lot of good cheap roof systems, and is trying to keep rabbits alive in the desert offgrid. I will see if I can dig up his threads here. I think they were under rabbits forum.