I finally have my first ever baby pumpkin after years of trying the fruit set last week! After years of fruitless labor I want to protect and keep it safe.
My question is I have seen squirrels in my backyard as well as rabbits and rats and of course birds. Do they all go after unripe pumpkins? Should I put a fence around the sole pumpkin I have even though it is only the size of a golfball?
If so what do you recommend to put up to protect the pumpkin but not hurt the main vine? Any info would be much appreciated as I found a bunch of info on insects and diseases that cause problems but nothing on if critters do and how to stop it from happening.
I attached a photo of my plant and one of they few day old pumpkin (I live in Chicago, IL)
Any help would be much appreciated!