All I can see in my mind now is pumpkins growing in an over-grown field. It might just be a great big mess by the time it's done.
On a happier note, it all looks good right now. And here are some pictures. The first 2 are from a week and a half ago and the last 3 are from today. The taller plants are the sunflowers I planted in the middle.
In regards to mowing, I have learned a lesson about the "hills". If I were to do this again, instead of hilling up the dirt, the way they say to do for planting pumpkin seeds, I would pat the dirt flat in the hole we dug. I would make sure the dirt was about 2 inches below the grass. That way, it would be very easy to mow right up to the young plants, without disrupting any of the hill. Also, it would retain water in there.
I will keep you updated on how this patch is doing.