For many people in the UK, the idea of growing their own fruit and vegetables is very appealing. It can bring you a lot of satisfaction to eat something you’ve grown and picked yourself, not to mention the fact that you know exactly what’s gone into producing the fruit or veg on your plate.

If you’ve decided that this is the year to set up a vegetable patch in your outdoor space, then you should make sure you’re familiar with the concept of companion planting.

Writing for the Westmorland Gazette, Tom Attwood explained that this basically means putting plants that complement each other next to each other. The main benefit of this is that, when done correctly, it provides a completely natural and chemical-free way of controlling the most common pests.

Carrot fly, for instance, affects carrot plants and can devastate crops if left untreated. However, by planting things like onions, leeks, rosemary and sage next to your carrot plants, you can prevent an infestation.

Mr Attwood explained that these crops have a particularly strong smell, which can prevent the insects from finding your carrots in the first place.

When you’re deciding what to plant where, you do need to bear in mind that some plants don’t work well next to one another. He highlighted the combination of carrots with dill as a bad option, because the dill will slow the growth of the carrots. On the other hand, dill is a great herb to have alongside cabbages, he added.

If all of this is sounding a little complicated, it could be worth paying for some help with planting in Flintshire to get you started.

Growing your own is one gardening trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, with Garden Design Magazine recently suggesting that growing unusual edible produce is likely to be a popular pastime over the next 12 months. For help creating a grow your own area in your garden speak to the landscaping team at Bespoke Gardens today.