Answer: Dealing with the Georgia clay can be a daunting task, but one that is doable. Start by clearing the garden area of unwanted vegetation and then working some organic matter into the planting area. Spread 4-5 inches of compost or other organic matter over the planting bed and then dig it in to a depth of 8-10 inches. This will make a good base for your new veggie garden. After planting, add organic mulch over the bare earth to help suppress weeds. At the end of the gardening season, dig this mulch into the soil. After a few years of adding mulch, you should have fantastic soil!
Pine trees can cast shade, their roots will suck up soil moisture and their falling needles will raise the acidity of the soil. I'd strongly advise you to find a different spot for your garden.
Best wishes with your garden!
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