Has anyone grown bitter melon in the PNW?
My wife thought it might be fun to try and grow bitter melon vines in our small garden. I know the plant likes warm weather and a long growing season, but I was hoping that if I chose the best variety for my climate and coaxed the plant with black mulch, plastic tunnel, etc. I might be able to get a couple of plants to grow for us and produce fruit.
Has anyone grown this vegetable in a climate similar to Western Washington? I know generally how to grow cucurbits- lots of compost, even watering, maximize heat and sunlight- but some crops just cant make it here most years, no matter how much effort you put into them. Last year I couldn't even get my pumpkins to fruit, but I think it was my fault partially for not planting them out early enough. Anyway, If someone has advice on this plant, I'd love to hear it.