Answer: I found the Chinese bitter melon 'High Moon' in the Territorial Seed Co. catalog. (phone no. 541-942-9547, web site: http://www.territorial-seed.com) This plant is also sometimes called balsam pear.
Most squash-family vegetables are heat lovers, so anything you can do to help warm the soil in the spring, such as building raised beds or laying down black plastic, can give them a good start. Also, growing the vines on a trellis can help control disease.
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