Vacation Pumpkin Care
I will going away on vacation near the end of July, and I'm worried about my pumpkins. Should I try to bury as much vine on my 4 plants as I can to let it root as much as possible? Would this be enough if I water it Monday morning before we leave, as we're not due back home until late that Sat? My new neighbor said she'd water my plants, but she is newly pregnant and I don't want her out in the heat really. Would my vines survive if they weren't watered at all for that long? Assuming it doesn't rain at all of course.
If she insists, would it be ok if she watered the foliage as well if I had her do it mornings only? I know this isn't usually a good idea because of powdery mildew issues, but it'd be too much to ask her to just water the base / main root crowns.
I have 2 female buds/fruits starting to swell, but the flowers haven't opened yet, so they're not fertilized yet. Hope to have them fertilized before we go away.