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Plants are careful about the company they keep. Some help each other to grow, while others repel insects and even other plants. Over the years, farmers and gardeners have observed how plants affect each other, especially how certain herbs benefit the growth of nearby plants. For example, garlic planted next to roses deters aphids and other predators, strawberries grown next to borage produces sweeter fruit that are less susceptible to fungus and mould disease. Chives also have a reputation for helping their neighbours. This alphabetical guide to companion planting for fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs, enables the reader to plant a garden that will be better able to take care of itself without the need to control pests and diseases with chemical insecticides and pesticides. Pamela Allardice has also written Lavender , Strawberries , The Language of Love and The Scented Garden .