So everyone says we should be "deep watering" our melons and squashes to encourage deep root growth.
I planted my pumpkins about two weeks ago, and they're about 3-4 inches tall now. Each planting site is on a little hill of loose dirt about 1 foot tall above the ground, as seen here, just before planting:
Each hill is shaped like a volcano, with a little ~2"-deep crater at the top to prevent the water from just running down the sides, and a bit of a moat at the bottom where I stole some soil to build up the mound.
I have my automated drip system dripping right on top of the seedlings right now, just to make sure they get established.
At what point should I move the drip hose to the moat? I need the roots to already be deep enough to get to the bottom of the hill, otherwise they'll never see the water.