Your threads are a fountain of information!!! I live in northern VT along the Canadian border to the East. Our growing season is from end of May to about October, though i find alot of the growing slows/stops mid to late September due to the increasing cold nights and chillier days.
I love pumpkin growing and am in a yearly contest with a co worker that usually includes alot of smack talk. I would love to knock his socks off next season with a giant pumpkin. I have had touch and go success with my pumpkins. Last season was a largely smallish size pumpkins and one extremely largish one one that just popped up one day at the end of a runner and just flew up in size. this year I went with a larger breed. I furtilized the bed with year old cow manure and kept it well watered on a daily basis. reading through this thread I see I may have done quite alot wrong. I have a tilled area approx 6 feet by six feet- tilled in manure and then plant about 9 - 12 seed spaced evenly apart in three rows. I allow what ever comes up to grow and then cut off extra female blossoms after two fruit have established. The runners obviously spread over alot of the local yard area. I have read through your excellent threads and enjoyed them alot. learned quite a bit. I have a few questions i would like to ask.
1. how far apart should a hill be from one another. I realise that runners can travel quite a ways I would like a few pumpkins but don't have the room to space hills thirty feet apart. I am going to make my patch alot larger but I do have limits as this is just a home garden on less then an acre of land, not including my house and my actual vegatable garden.
2. it appears that alot of people are using drip hoses for water delivery, is this the best way to supply water versus a garden sprinkler. is this something that can be purchased in stores? Also I see alot of people mentioning watering once a week. is this enough. i know this is a very water dependant vegatable and that seems pretty low.
Thank you for you excellent work on this site and everyone who contributes to the knowledge base.