I just received my first Flow Hive and would like to ask a few things.
I have been all over the site, read the blog etc but still am not too sure of the following. Can I use a natural oil wood treatment, on the outside only, which has biocides in it ? I will be using EM ceramics in whatever treatment I use so that should counteract the biocide aspect. I develop oikosystems on roofs in cities across the Mediterranean so I will be putting an oikosystem roof on the Flow hive, probably lichen, moss & aromatic herbs like Hellenic thyme. Can I anti root waterproof using copper sheet or is this not good for the bees ?Also, I have a large garden shed, can I put the flow in there to protect it from the elements in the winter and leave the door open ? Finally, I have bought a bee swarm pheromone attractor. Would you recommend buying a virgin queen & a few workers, an entire established colony or is the pheromone enough ?
Thanking you in advance.