Flow Hive Blog

Give your Flow Hive a makeover

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The method used to revamp your hive will depend largely on what you used to initially protect the hive, as well as which type of timber your Flow Hive is made from.

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Sweet Pure Honey Cinnaspread

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Stella Sehn of Sweet Pure Honey in Saskatchewan Canada and her partner, Sheldon, started with one Flow Hive and now have 20 Flow Hives in their commercial apiary!

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Honey tastes more than "sweet"

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You love the natural sweetness honey brings to your morning tea or toast; but have you ever stopped to really taste all the unique flavors?

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Flavor straight from the flower to your plate

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The delicate floral bouquet of freshly harvested honey tells the story of your bees and the flowers they visited… with a Flow Hive that story is more clearly told (and tasted… and smelt!).

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Choosing where to get your bees

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Now that you’ve got your Flow Hive built and ready for bees, you might be wondering how best to populate it. Acquiring your first bee colony is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. So, what factors should you consider before choosing where and how to get your first colony?

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How to Catch a Swarm

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Catching a swarm of bees is one of the most joyous parts of beekeeping and it is an easy and free way to bolster your apiary! Read on to find out how you can catch a swarm.

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Meet the European Beekeeper

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I am super excited to let you know that the first episode from last summer's European Meet the Beekeeper filming marathon is finally ready! I spent August 2017 filming the stories of 19 wonderful Flow Hive beekeepers from Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, France, Norway and the United Kingdom.

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Bee-Friendly garden

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Regardless of if you’re a beekeeper or just love bees, there are things you can do to help both native bees and European honey bees – such as planting flowering plants, leaving some bare dirt patches around the garden un-mulched, allowing last season’s leftover stalks to lie, and installing pollinator houses.

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Bearding – what does it mean?

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Flow bees wanted to get in on the Movember action this year and have been bearding around their Flow Hives.

Although we’ve made this cute link to Movember (especially with temperature in our local area in Australia soaring to mid 30°C (86 degrees Fahrenheit) well-before summer, which resulted in many hives to develop this look-alike characteristic), bearding bees, in fact, have nothing to do with facial hair.

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All bees are important

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Bees and other pollinators are truly incredible creatures– having evolved symbiotically with plants, pollinators perform a crucial role in many plants’ reproduction. In fact, 90 percent of plants require pollinators to reproduce.

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Wintering Hives in Western Canada

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This article is supplied by Sheldon Stehn from Sweet Pure Honey on overwintering in Canada.

Sheldon is a commercial beekeeper who has adapted his beekeeping practices to suit a commercial setup and location in Western Canada.

Over the past 20+ years of commercial beekeeping, I have learned a few things that are staples and generally agreed upon as best practice in the commercial beekeeping industry. I have made mistakes (and you will make mistakes, that is how you learn). But as long as you are doing your job observing, keeping a feeding record, checking for various mites and American Foulbrood (AFB) signs, suppressing the size of the bottom entrance and wrapping your colonies with sufficient insulation, you should do fine.

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Flow Hive at Apimondia

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(Api = bees, mondia = world)

It seems like the whole world wants to know more about Flow technology! Apimondia (International Apicultural  Congress) - is a beekeeping conference where as far back as 1897, beekeepers from around the world have been gathering for knowledge sharing.

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Long may she reign (tips on requeening)

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Every beekeeper needs to replace the queen in their hive at some point. This process is called ‘requeening’. There are many different reasons to requeen a hive and even more ways to do it! Hilary Kearney tells us how...

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How to tell if your hive is queenless

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A queenless hive is a sad story indeed, and one that’s not uncommon for new beekeepers. It can be difficult to diagnose as the effects of queenlessness – at first – are quite subtle. Hilary Kearney has been through it and offers advice on how you can avoid the mistakes she made when she was starting out.

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Flow Hive support for beekeeping clubs

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You can now sign up your beekeeping club or association to the Flow Hive Beekeeping Club Support Program. Following a bee-autifully successful trial in Australia, we’re now rolling out support for beekeeping clubs in the United States, Canada, UK, Europe and across the world.

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It’s Flow time! Setting up and preparing for spring

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For beekeepers, spring does not always start where it is marked on the calendar. Even within specific regions, the climate differs from year to year. Instead, a beekeeper must pay attention to the weather patterns, what’s blooming and, most importantly, their bees to determine when spring actually begins. So, as we approach the official spring months, what should you be looking for inside (and outside) your hives?

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Choc nut butter with honey

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Put some of your delicious, fresh, all-natural Flow Hive honey with this fantastic recipe from one of Australia's leading foodies. Your kids will love this!

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Could garden sprays be killing your bees?

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There is nothing worse than discovering your bees have been poisoned. The entrance, once a busy runway for arriving and departing foragers, now silent with only a few twitching bees in the pile of dead below. The suddenness of a colony lost to pesticide poisoning is shocking. What follows is often heartbreaking, humbling and infuriating. So, how can you tell if your colony has been poisoned, what can you do about it and how do you stop it happening in the first place?

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This painted Flow Hive sends a colourful message

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Daphne Schwarz, who lives near Berri, in the Riverland region of South Australia, credits her granddaughter, Mikaela, with providing much of the inspiration for this beautifully painted Flow Hive – and the important message it carries.

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Modifying a Flow Super to suit UK National hives

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We’ve just launched UK National Flow Supers and they are available on our EU website, but if you wish, you can simply adapt a conventional Flow Super to fit. Flow Hive co-inventor Stu Anderson shows us two easy ways to Flowify UK hives.

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Banana bread recipe

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From celebrity chef Pete Evans comes this deicious recipe which is a great way to use your honey, and also over-ripe bananas which might otherwise end up in the compost.

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Foundationless fabulousness

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Hilary “Girl Next Door Honey” Kearney discusses the advantages of foundationless beekeeping, how to avoid cross-combing and what to do when it all goes wrong!

If you are a new beekeeper, you might not have realised how wonderfully subversive it was to receive your Flow Hive brood box without foundation inserts. These pre-fab, plastic or beeswax, comb-stamped sheets are a standard in beekeeping equipment. They are usually accepted and used by new beekeepers without question. Some mistakenly believe that they are a necessity for comb building despite the fact that honey bees have been building their own natural comb without the help of beekeepers for millions of years!

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