Hello! I'm not a beekeeper-yet! I'm spending this season doing my research and purchasing equipment, so I'm almost totally ignorant of most things regarding bees as of this moment. I'm half way through reading Beekeeping For Dummies, as recommended to me by a beekeeping friend.
However, I have come up with a few plant questions that I can't find the answers to by searching Google.
1. Is there any plant or herb (like lemongrass or spearmint) that I could plant near my hive that would offer any kind of health benefits? (I read something about Honey-Bee-Health having lemongrass/spearmint oils in it.)
2. Will planting bee-attracting plants/herbs (such as English Thyme, Basil, or Mosquito Plant) encourage robbing by attracting members of other colonies to my yard?
3. I have a rhododendron in my yard and I've read that too much pollen gathered from this plant may facilitate the production of toxic honey. Should I just pull it up to be safe or will one bush be fine?
4. I plan on putting a decorative picket fence around my mulched-in hive area and would like to border the fence with some sort of flowering plant. Is this just fine and dandy or is there some reason I should not?
Thanks for indulging my ignorance. I'm grateful for any responses!