Grew Stevia last year, didn't know what to point it in while its simply a leaf. This is how you get the extract but it only keeps for 3 months. Growing Stevia & Making Stevia Extract- the “miracle” plant that is sweeter than sugar.
There are many advantages of going vertical with your melon vines. Space is the most obvious. What may have engulfed a 10 to 20 foot wide swath can be trellised to take up a 3 foot wide "footprint" of garden space.
Look up you Hardiness Zone and get a vegetable planting schedule! Zone 7 Vegetable planting calendar describing approximate dates to start vegetable plants indoors and outdoors relative to specific USDA P.