I have a HUGE nicely shaped cedar on the outskirts of my yard. There is a large seemingly good gardening area in front of it. Prefer not to cut the cedar, as it's beautiful. I've heard that cedars could be bad to plant around. How bad? Plants still grow, but slightly less? a lot less? just don't bear fruit? die? Does it depend on the type plants? (The grass and weeds sure don't seem inhibited by it. ) How far away from it should I plant or what can I plant that won't be affected? Some choices I'm interested in: vegetables, strawberries, black or raspberries, blueberries, muscadines, hazelnut bushes, dwarf fruit trees, or if nothing else, flowers. Also, there's a medium sized pecan tree near another prospective gardening spot. Any problems with planting near that? I know black walnuts are supposed to cause problems. But now that I think of it, my mother's 57 yr. old veg. garden is fairly close to a black walnut tree, and she raised a family of five off that garden with few trips to the grocery store. So what are the rules?