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I was wondering if you couldI was wondering if you could expand on the description of "hill" when planting, as well as, the best way to water. I have grown pumpkins in the past, with little luck (due to a variety of reasons: lack of pollination; lack of water; infestations of beetles and bugs; late planting.) I live in central New Mexico, and have tried to learn from my mistakes each time planting, but still have had little luck. Our soil is so sandy that we add several bags of peat and/or compost (currently in a 6 by 12 foot garden, but in the past a 6 by 40 foot garden) and loosen the soil at least 12 inches deep, working in the peat. I truly do not understand the concept of a "hill"... and is that critical? I've always started with a level garden, then dug out long rows of valleys, which resulted in long rows of hills about 4 to 6 inches tall (where I plant the seeds). I've tried to water with drip systems two ways: just the valleys, making sure they are thoroughly puddled; and directly over the plants' bases. Our drip system was watering for 20 minutes every other day, using 1/2 to one gallon drippers. Sometimes I didn't think that was enough, and manually watered until the ground was puddling. Could you elaborate on the description of "hill", as well as, where the water needs to be focused? (directly on the plant, or saturating the areas around the "hills")

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