A: Unlike black walnut trees, which attack any competitor with chemicals exuded from their roots, pines are not known to deter nearby plants. Of course, any tree that shades your fruit trees will interfere with their production. If your trees get at least six hours of full, direct sunshine each day, they should yield the fruit you anticipate.
Q: Is it legal to grow tobacco in my garden? — Kim Cody, Decatur
A: It is perfectly legal to grow tobacco. But once you've tried it, you may not want to do it again! The process starts when you plant the tiny seed indoors, four weeks before the last frost, in warm trays of soil. Nurture the seedlings until they are 6 inches tall. Transplant them outdoors in early May into a sunny bed, taking care to water them thoroughly. Fertilize lightly but regularly. If grown for consumption, remove flowers as they occur. Also regularly clip out the sucker stems that form between the leaves and the main stem. Harvest leaves as they begin yellowing, for several weeks in succession. Leaves must be cured in a warm, dry spot for three weeks. To make the process even more lengthy, tobacco must be aged for several more months to remove harshness. More details at xrl.us/grow tobacco. If you are up for the challenge, please let me know how it turns out.
Listen to Walter Reeves from 6 to 10 Saturday mornings on WSB-AM (750). Visit his Web site, www.walterreeves.com, for detailed advice on Georgia gardening.