and you'll avoid tangled and messy vines in July. You'll also avoid this unfortunate detour if you don't have a trellis too close to your pumpkins.
I put twice the recommended number of pumpkins in my straw bales. (2 plants instead of 1 plant) I get away with this by coaxing the vines to stagger which side of the bale they trail down. It also helps that the plants that have vines are on the extended side of bales. For a full view of how I configure my straw bale garden so I can get 54 plants in 17 bales click here.