Growing Bitter Melon In The Vegetable Garden
Bitter melon is a beautiful plant for vegetable garden with deeply lobed leaves and eye-catching fruit. Growing bitter melon in a vegetable garden will produce a vine whose fruit is an orange-yellow when mature, and green when immature. One of the best tips for growing bitter melon in the vegetable garden is to soak the seeds before planting because the seeds are covered by a hard coating, and soaking will ease germination. The seeds can be planted in a container or straight into the ground when attempting to grow bitter melon, but ground planting requires a gardener to wait until the ground is warm. The seeds can be planted a little earlier, but to shield them from nighttime coolness, they should have a protective covering. Growing bitter melon is easiest when the melon can climb on a trellis as it reaches for its full height of 6 feet (1.82 meters), and its fruit will grow straighter if given enough room.
Despite its bitter taste and need for warm conditions, many farmers and gardeners do well when growing bitter melon in vegetable garden around the world, and it is popular as a medicine and a food in Asia, India, Latin America and East Africa. The gourd, which is related to cucumbers, watermelons and squash, contains high contents of vitamins C and A, phosphorous, iron, potassium and beta-carotene. The fruit also is a good source of fiber and some B vitamins.