August 31, 2018
Flow Hive Blog
June 28, 2019
When moving a beehive there are a few things you need to remember, be it a short distance across the garden, or a longer journey to a new location. We'll guide you through both scenarios, and there are a few essentials you need to remember:
May 10, 2019
Word is spreading about the “insect apocalypse”. One recent review of global studies indicate that over 40% of known species are in drastic decline. This represents the loss of creatures that are not only beautiful and complex in their own right, but who also play hugely important roles in ecological food chains and as pollinators.
In the height of summer, when temperatures are soaring, it's important to remember that bees (and all wildlife) need access to safe drinking water.
April 12, 2019
Although some colonies can be a little slow to make progress on the Flow Frames, your bees should, in time naturally take to the Flow Frames. If you’re finding your hive a little slow to get going and want to speed things up, here is some information to help.
Spring is the perfect time to get started with a new colony. “Splitting” is a cost-effective way of establishing a new hive and one of the best gifts an experienced beekeeper can give someone new to the hobby. Hilary Kearney explains how to do it and how to avoid some of the pitfalls associated with this common beekeeping practice.
Although many people have tried, you’ll find that if you place an empty hive in your yard it’s unlikely that a colony will just move in.
August 8, 2018
Flow’s positive purpose recognized with B Corp™ certification
BeeInventive (that’s us, the company behind Flow) is proud to announce some very exciting news!
November 13, 2017
May 18, 2018
April 3, 2018
March 12, 2018
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?
February 26, 2018
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.
February 8, 2018
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.
January 23, 2018
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.
January 23, 2018
Embarking on your first foray into beekeeping can be daunting—it can feel like there's so much to learn. At one time or another everyone in Flow HQ was a nervous newbie. Here are some of our top tips to make your journey buzz more smoothly.
Although it is possible to learn through research, there's nothing like learning experientially. Pairing up with someone who lives locally and who has some beekeeping experience can help steady any nerves, as well as help to answer any of the (many) questions that you have about looking after your bees and hive.
November 30, 2017
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.
November 12, 2017
Did you know that different species of bees have different nesting behaviours?
November 12, 2017
November 7, 2017
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.
November 1, 2017
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.
October 12, 2017
(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.
August 10, 2017
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...
June 14, 2017
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.
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.
February 9, 2017
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?
February 1, 2017
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!
January 18, 2017
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?
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.
December 7, 2016
November 2, 2016
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.
June 2, 2016
May 31, 2016
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!