Time to bee prepared
Spring is coming!

Beekeeping season is drawing near – the time of year that all bee (and honey) enthusiasts wait for with increasing excitement…

Already a beekeeper? Here's our apiary maintenance checklist.

Time to bee prepared
Spring is coming!

Beekeeping season is drawing near – the time of year that all bee (and honey) enthusiasts wait for with increasing excitement…

Already a beekeeper?
Here's our apiary maintenance checklist.

Ready to discover the fascinating world of bees?

In most areas, spring is the best time to start your beekeeping journey. As the cold season ends, an increase in forage makes it the perfect environment for a new hive to thrive.

It’s best to bee prepared early for the arrival of your bees. Here’s a list to help get you started:

Save with the Starter Bundle

If you’re new to beekeeping, or are setting up a Flow Hive for the first time, our Starter Bundle is a great way to ensure you’ll have everything you need.

It includes our Flow Hive Classic, bundled with essential safety equipment plus an incredible saving.

Includes: Flow Hive Classic Araucaria, organic beekeeping suit kit, stainless steel smoker, gauntlet goatskin gloves, J-hive tool and a Flow Veil.

Reserve your bees

Although designed to be a perfect home for bees, it’s not often that a colony will move straight into your beehive – you’ll need to source a colony to call your own.

One of the best ways is from a reputable bee breeder who will help provide you with a healthy colony for your new Flow Hive.

A popular option is to purchase a Nuc – a small colony which includes a laying queen, workers, drones and 4 or 5 frames of brood and honey. This is an easy way to set up your first hive.

Top Tip: As soon as a colony is ready for a new home, they don’t often wait around, so it’s important to have your Flow Hive set up and ready to go.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answered By Jamie Oliver
Owns 3x Flow Hive 2

Starting as a beginner

It’s easy to get started but important to learn as much as you can. Check out online resources or connect with a local mentor to kick start your learning.

Starting with a Flow Hive

Flow Hives are a fantastic hive for beginners as they’re easy to use and make harvesting honey so much easier for the beekeeper and so much gentler on the bees.

Can anyone keep bees?

Yes! People keep bees all over the world, even in urban areas. Anywhere that bees can naturally survive, you can become a beekeeper.

How much work?

Keeping bees is an absolute joy, so maybe work is the wrong word 😉 The amount of time needed will vary at different times of the year – the amount of time required is minimal.

Assembling your new bee home

Building a new home for your bees is an exciting part of your beekeeping journey. It’s best to take your time and ensure that you get your assembly right. Check out our assembly videos here.

Top Tip: It’s easiest to paint or stain your hive before you add your windows and latches.

If you’re short on time, you’ll need your base, brood box, brood frames and roof first. It’s often some weeks before you need to add your Flow Super, so leave this for a rainy day.

Experienced beekeeper’s often keep extra brood boxes and brood frames on hand – you’ll be surprised how often they come in handy.

Weather protection

It’s important to treat the timber on your hive to give it the best weather protection possible for your climate, especially the roof as it is the first line of defence against the weather.

All Araucaria hives need 2 coats of exterior-grade weatherproof paint to help them endure the elements. Painting your hive is a great opportunity to get creative and really make it your own!

Cedar hives can be oiled to create a lovely natural finish. You’ll need to reapply every 6-12 months depending on your climate, as the sun will fade the finish.

Which Flow Hive should I choose?

All Flow Hives include our revolutionary Flow Technology which allows for easy honey harvesting straight from the hive. All you need to do is decide which hive model will be perfect for you.

Start your pollinator garden

Now is the perfect time to create a bee-friendly garden. Not only will your plants thrive with the pollination power of your colony, your bees will also have plenty of resources to keep them happy.

Top Tip: Planting a variety of plants which will bloom over the year, ensures your bees have some forage in every season. Plant in bountiful clumps to make foraging easier.

Planting a mix of smaller shrubs and flowering trees provides pollinators a steady supply of food.

Native plants will be more resilient than introduced species, so make sure to include a few species which are endemic to your region.

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Don’t forget this step!

One of the most important parts of becoming a beekeeper is learning as much as you can.

We have a swarm of resources available to help you every step of the way, including a comprehensive online beginner beekeeping course, created in conjunction with the world's experts – TheBeekeeper.org

It lets you fast-track your learning easily and enjoyably. Learn in your own time with high-quality videos explaining what you need to know in order to feel confident looking after your bees.

Save with the Starter Bundle

Pick up a sweet saving on our special Spring Starter Bundle, which has everything you need to get started and a sweet saving.