This of course flies in the face of traditional pumpkin growing, which states that they need to be hilled. Not so. In the heat of summer, it is very nice to be able to water these gourds while I'm close to the house and even able to stand in the shade, something I'm not yet able to do down in the pasture.
If you notice, in these pics you will sometimes see some old, broken kitchen tiles sitting under each pumpkin. This is to keep them looking good, even on the side that is facing the ground. (I may use some for decoration before cooking them for soups and pies). The tile is smooth and will not make a groove in the pumpkin's skin or allow it to sit on the moist ground and become discolored or rotted.
|Overflowing into the shade.|