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Plants that add Lime (Calcium) to your Soil Naturally.

Companion Planting:

Plants that assist each other to grow well, repel insects or even other plants when grown next to each other is called companion planting and can be a sustainable and eco-friendly way to improve and protect your garden against unwanted pests and disease.

Plants that add Lime (Calcium) to your Soil Naturally:

buckwheatThere’s nothing more nutritious or beautiful than a field full of Buckwheat. A honey bee’s favorite flower as well.

Buckwheat stores calcium, so when it’s composted or tilled under as a green manure it will add lime to your soil.
Lupine has very deep roots so it reaches the deep calcium in the soil. They do well in poor, gravelly areas so planting them there will help enrich the soil over time.
Melon leaves are rich in lime, so add them to your compost pile when the plants are done for the season.

Peas, beans, cabbages and turnips do well in soil containing lime.

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Companion Planting: Borage.

Plants that assist each other to grow well, repel insects or even other plants when grown next to each other can be a sustainable and eco-friendly way to improve and protect your garden against unwanted pests and disease.

borageBorage (Boraginaceae).

Also known as starflower, this flowering herb can grow the size of a small bush with some compost mixed into the soil and regular watering, and if it does, it will be covered with blossoms and honeybees. A perfect example is the photo to the right.

The flowers are edible and have a slightly cucumber flavor that can be added to salads or squash dishes. Borage is high in potassium, calcium and other minerals. It’s also fairly high in vitamin C.

The seeds are used to make borage oil, one of the highest sources of Gamma-linolenic acid or omega 6 oils, however, you would need a great many plants to get enough seeds to make your own oil.

If you want to keep honeybees around, this annual herb is one of their favorites.

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