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September 26, 2017

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

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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September 20, 2017

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Create a BUZZ from a Bee-Friendly garden

European honey bees pollinate a third of our food crops, making a huge contribution to our food supply chain, our economy and the broader ecosystem, so the more we can help them do their thing, the better off everyone is. 

European honey bees will feast on a range of flowering plants but they do have preferences. 

Like humans, bees love herbs. And they’re great to plant as they’re handy in the kitchen and around the house too.

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September 04, 2017

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Fabulous foundationless beekeeping

Why foundationless beekeeping and brood frames are a great option for your bees. Hilary Kearney of Girl Next Door Honey runs through the benefits of using a comb guide and letting the bees build their own cell-sized natural comb. She also discusses what to do to avoid cross-comb and how to fix cross-combing if it happens in your hive.

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September 04, 2017

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Should I requeen my hive?

Hilary Kearney from Girl Next Door Honey explains if you should replace the queen in your hive. She also runs through how to requeen your bee colony and install a new caged queen.

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August 28, 2017

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Diagnosing a queenless hive

Hilary Kearney of Girl Next Door Honey explains how to tell if your hive is queenless, and offers advice in recognising the tell-tale signs of whether or not your bee colony is without a queen. Learn how to recognise queenlessness before it becomes too much of an issue. Is your queen laying?

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August 22, 2017

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Springtime is splitting time if you want another colony

Spring is just around the corner in Australia, so it’s 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.

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August 01, 2017

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Beginner beekeeping with a Flow Hive

There’s much more to beekeeping than just harvesting honey. Flow Hive beekeeper Hilary Kearney looks at what newbees should do when their Flow Hive arrives.

Once word gets out that you are keeping bees, everyone you know will begin to pester you about honey. This is because of the misconception that a beehive is made entirely of honeycomb.

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