Baby Pumpkin Chewed On...any hope?
I had high hopes for my one volunteer pumpkin vine. I had one beautiful pollinated pumpkin, and it was about the size of a baseball so far. This morning I went out to check on it only to find that a squirrel has eaten off the skin from the blossom end, and chewed a dime size hole about a 1/2 deep on the side.
My husband pointed out that about 2 feet up the vine is another pumpkin, not yet pollinated with a tightly closed bud.
So my question is....do I leave the damaged pollinated pumpkin on the vine and hope it recovers and also try to pollinate the new baby when the flower opens.
Should I remove the damaged pumpkin as it will only rot and steal nutrients from the new baby.
Thanks for any help...I hate those squirrels
And Have a Safe and Happy 4th