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Exciting news for garden lovers and foodies
If you’ve been wanting to improve your home-produce, pollinate your garden or collect your very own honey, now is the perfect time to get started! And we have a swarm of resources available to support you as you discover the fascinating world of bees.
In most areas, spring is the best time to start keeping bees. As the cold season ends, flowers bloom and nectar flows, making it the perfect environment for your hive to thrive.
For new beekeepers, now is the time to purchase and assemble your new hive, work out its best location and to learn as much as you can.
Looking for the best way to get started?
After a busy spring, our manufacturing team are working hard to get our next batch of Flow Hive Classic Bundle stock prepared for June delivery. If you'd like to secure one early, you can PRE-ORDER now.
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The magic of beekeeping in your yard
Imagine being able to taste what is flowering in your local area
With a Flow Hive, you’ll be to experience the flavours collected from blooms in your region from which the bees forage to create your very own unique honey blend.
From the zesty delights of a nearby citrus orchard to the floral notes of lavender, honey harvested from a Flow Hive is raw and completely unprocessed, making it superior in flavour to commercially produced honey.
Why people love their Flow Hive
Johanna Griggs of Better Homes & Gardens has confessed that she’s become bee obsessed. Discover how this first-time beekeeper has improved her home produce and discovered the joy of beekeeping.
This invention is incredible. I have 22 jars of honey in 11 minutes and all I’ve had to do [to harvest] is turn a key... I’ve learnt so much about bees and the more I learn, the more there is to learn. I can’t believe that something so simple that we can all be doing can be doing so much good in the world. It just gives me so much joy!
Keen on starting but feeling nervous?
Online beginner beekeeping course
Learn from the comfort of your home. For a limited time, receive 30% off our new online beekeeping course – we’ve created the content alongside world experts, to ensure your beekeeping journey is a smooth and knowledgeable one.
There's nothing quite like experiential hands-on learning. Connecting with a beekeeping mentor is a great way to get started.
The Flow Forum is also a fabulous place to connect with beekeepers around the world. Read through threads dedicated to beekeeping topics, and have your questions answered by experienced beekeepers!
Like learning in a group?
You may like to join your local beekeeping club or association – a great way to meet fellow beekeepers, with knowledge on how to keep your bees happy and healthy most relevant to your local area.
Bonnie’s beginner beekeeping story
Meet Bonnie, who split a hive with her neighbor.
"The advice I'd give a new beekeeper or someone who is considering bees is the more you learn about them and interact with them, the more joy you'll receive from them.
Bees are also easier than you think. They are easier than a dog, as you can go on vacation for a week and not worry about them.
It's another anchor to bring me outside and make me slow down, look and care for things, and weeding the garden is so much more pleasant when i can smell the honey!"
Where do I find bees?
One of the most frequently asked questions from new beekeepers is – “How do I get bees?”
The first thing to remember is that bees won't always wait until you're ready for them, so it's important to have your Flow Hive set up and ready to go.
Here are two great ways you can find a colony to call your own.
Purchase a nucleus (nuc)
One of the best ways to source bees is from a reputable bee breeder who will help to provide you with a healthy colony for your new Flow Hive.
A Nuc is a small colony which includes a laying queen, workers, drones and 4 or 5 frames of brood and honey and is an easy way to set up your first hive.
Split a hive
The wonderful thing about spring and beekeeping is that when a colony expands, it's easy to perform a hive split and make one colony become two.
It's a great idea to have your hive set up and ready to go, so you can receive a split from a beekeeping friend, mentor, beekeeping club or bee enthusiast.
Not sure where you can set up a hive?
The good news is you can keep a beehive almost anywhere! Especially a Flow Hive, as there is no need for additional processing equipment or for lugging heavy frames full of honey for harvesting. From rooftops to balconies to backyards, it’s now possible to harvest honey directly from your hive.
Here are some tips to make sure your location choice is both good for you and for your bees.
You should also check if you need to register your hive or as a beekeeper in your local region.
Start your pollinator garden
When selecting your garden blooms, make sure to include some local native plants in a variety of different colours.
Bees, like humans, enjoy diversity. Include flowers of different sizes and shapes and plant in clumps to make foraging a breeze.
If possible, find plants that bloom at different times of the year. These support a range of different pollinators throughout the different seasons. Trees and shrubs produce much higher quantities of pollen and nectar, however, smaller plants produce forage more regularly – it’s great to have a selection of both.