The pumpkins have grown, and after much discussion regarding their ripeness, I decided to harvest the first one.
It was partially out of fear that the neighbor’s kids would smash them, and I wanted at least one for carving.
Now my observations about pumpkin-growing:
Pumpkins are incredibly resource-hungry. They want a lot of light, space, and nutrients.
Carving pumpkins are pretty pointless from a gardening standpoint. They don’t taste good, and only serve as decorations for a few days.
Regardless, they were fun to grow and I should have more than enough for everyone’s carving needs–provided they escape a more violent and premature fate. They also survived the vine borer plague, so yay–harvest win.