Just as it sounds, Bitter Melon is.... bitter. Part of the Cucurbitaceae family, Bitter melon behaves very much like it's brother cucumber or sister cantaloupe in the garden as it grows in a vine like fashion. Used in a variety of ways, this vegetable can be baked, roasted, fried, steamed or boiled. How Many? Each plant will yield approximately 10-12 melons.
Where: In full sun and near a trellis - this plant can grow up to 16 ft long and best hung versus being left to sit in the soil to preserve it's curve appeal.
When: Late spring - end of May/early June, with a trellis and good supply of compost/fertilizer. Soil temperature should be around 16 to 20 degrees celcius to ensure optimal results.
Sowing Directions: Sow seeds about 1" into the soil. Germination happens within 10-15 days. This vegetable takes about 3-4 months to mature.
Friendly Neighbours: Peas, pumpkin, squash, beans. Avoid planting near potatoes or herbs. With Bitter Melon - it's ok to be bitter!
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