Pumpkin protection help please.
Please can anybody give me some ideas to protect developing pumpkins. My little boy sowed the seeds and I don't want him to be disappointed with no crop. I have 3 plants that are planted amongst my other garden plants in the flower beds. As soon as each flower has finished something seems to be nibbling the developing tiny pumpkin clean off and I'm just left with stalks. I've lost at least 8 on one plant. I thought of tying some fine gauze mesh around the flower but I'd have to do it quite tight to stop slugs and feel I may damage the stalk. I even resorted to putting slug pellets down but there's still something nibbling them off. Part of the plant is trailing over a wall. Any ideas greatly appreciated.