I noticed some bite marks on my pumpkin this morning. The voles always seem to like to take some nibbles around this time of year. I sprayed a 10% dilution of bleach on the bite marks to help keep it from rotting out and to discourage future bites. Usually I put a ring of moth balls around the pumpkin and that works very well but I've run out of moth balls. There is a snake that lives on the edge of the patch I'm hoping does his job soon. I saw him with a nice bump in his mid section a month ago so he is the vole/mouse eating variety.
The pumpkin has grown very consistently for the last three weeks now. I thought with the cooler nights that we would slow down some but that hasn't been the case so far. If the pumpkin can maintain that for another two weeks we will be in descent position come vine cutting time.
I gave the plant some calcium this evening.