We have a small garden plot beside our house where our raspberries grow, and there is a small area where I was going to plant a winter garden this year. It is beneath some branches of a very large cedar tree, but the tree itself is located in our raised front yard that borders this side yard garden patch. There is a three foot cement retaining wall dividing the front yard and the side yard.
I was thinking winter garden there because it doesn't get full sun, and the sun it does get for half the day in the summer is filtered through the cedar branches. I was talking with a friend of mine the other day who mentioned that cedar trees have destructive poisonous oils that prevent numerous things from growing beneath them - and my question is... would it be a hazard/unhealthy to grow veggies under this tree's branches, or is it just mearly a case of the fact that it might be more difficult to grow anything here? I've been amending the soil since the fall, and the results are showing already in a richer lighter soil.
Any advice would be helpful!