Step 2: Effect Necessary Repairs

I thought I'd include this bit of common-sense advice here.  You shouldn't build a trellis like this up against the side of a wall if you suspect that you might have to paint or repair that wall during the growing season.  Pumpkin vines get brittle, and break easily.   I can't imagine anything worse than losing a bunch of pumpkins because you broke the vine.

Pictured is a female flower.  You don't want to lose these girls, because they get big, orange, and delicious in pie.  The leaf next to it was broken off accidentally.  Breaking leaves and stems is something that should be avoided at all costs.  Hence most of your construction should take place while the vines are young.
Funny I should find that today. Last year, my spaghetti squash decided to grow thru the hedge. It was growing fruit inside, and the neighbors walking by wanted samples. This year, I put it at a different spot, still near the hedge, and it's sneaking that way again.
I enjoyed the write up! Thank you and thanks for the sense of humor you spiced it with...
I guestimate that I could easily grow at least twice as many vines had I used an entire side of the shed rather than just two corners,
neat, but being killed by falling pumpkins could become so 2012!
Pumpkins are all potential pie. You wouldn't want to waste pie killing someone right? Therefore it goes without saying that all pumpkins ought to be given proper support. <br>
I don't know if they will cool our shed. I suppose they could if I had more than six vines, but it's not climate controlled--beyond a simple fan. If I really was going to go whole-hog on covering a shed roof with pumpkins, I'd probably use a wire structure parallel and slightly above the roof to lessen the chance of water pooling on the asphalt
this sounds like a neat idea, maybe the leaves will help shade and cool your building as well

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