I need help with an issue that just happens to be growing/hanging atop of my cattle panel...
Early spring I noticed, while still quite cool here in zone 7b, a plant, and robust at that. As the weeks passed I realized though slow growing in the cool early spring weather it sure looked like a squash. And even later up to about 3 weeks ago it's beautiful leaves and small 'squash' reassured me it was a squash plant and I was so excited to have a vigorous beautiful plant so early...
I finally realized not long after that, that the beautiful squash was not a squash....but a rather large round thing that would not stop growing....yes, it is a pumpkin..
Something had to be done quickly before it broke from it's stem so I did the only thing I could do at the time to secure it and I am not satisfied with my solution...planned to be temporary until I could figure out a better way.
I used a flour sack kitchen towel and it works but it covers the entire pumpkin so I can't watch it change colors when it does finally start to ripen...still getting much bigger..poss about 8 pounds already.
Would it be safe for the pumpkin..so as not to cut into it's soft skin, to weave a 'basket' or 'net' to stabalize it to full growth or would it cut into the skin and ruin it?
I am open to all ideas. And grateful for your time if you have any ideas.