Last year, I tried my had at growing pumpkins for the first time. I started in July... which all of you pumpkin growers out there know is a really late start. I only got one pumpkin that didn't get eaten by pest, but I was successful in getting at least 4 to begin growing.
This year, I'm wiser (don't let the pretty black and orange butterflies hang out in the garden) and I kind of know what to expect. My biggest concern is the pests. Vine borers and cucumber beetles got to my plants last year and I had a big problems keeping those suckers under control. I'll be doing research soon and I have plans for building a screen of sorts around my garden to help prevent them from coming in.
I have three different varities this year: traditional giant orange pumpkins, green and white. Should be fun =)