Spring is well and truly here so this week, let’s look at companion planting. This is a natural method of planting certain plants, herbs and flowers together that either helps one plant’s growth or attracts pests to them as an alternative offering, instead of the crop you want to look after. A typical example is growing clover as a mat around Brassica (cabbage family) plants so that pests find the clover first. Smell also plays its part, with the companion plant scent distracting the pests from smelling the crop you want to save. Read on for what to plant next to which crop and there is a handy chart at the end detailing what goes well together and what to avoid.