I have an old (I'm guessing 50 years) Japanese Maple in my backyard. The previous homeowners had a whole garden area surrounding it at one point but it has grown in massively. I'm in the process of clearing it and would like to put raised garden beds in this area for veggies. However, I do not want to harm this majestic tree. The beds would be behind the maple (to the right, if you look at the picture I have attached) and one to the side (the corner nearest the camera). They would not cover the entire garden area, perhaps only 3-5 beds.
Would this harm the tree? If so, would planting directly in the soil be ok?
Thanks so much!