Growing pumpkins for the first time (we'll actually this is my first year gardening so it's the first time for everything!)...
I'm in zone 10 and have very sandy soil so I decided to try a method I saw on the web where you basically just direct sow into a bag of gardening soil or compost. Supposedly this is all the quality soil it will need and you only need to water and fertalize. Part of the reason I am trying this is I do not have a lot of room in my raised bed and I hear the pumpkin plants can get quite large. So I have place them on the side of my house and they are growing like crazy!
Today I noticed some small flower buds forming but I think it way to early. They are only about 12 to 18 inches tall right now and have only been growing for about 3 weeks. Do I need to pinch these off? Also any advice on pruning later on would be appreciated.