Welcome to autumn!

The beekeeping season is winding down, but there’s still plenty to do

Welcome to autumn!

The beekeeping season is winding down, but there’s still plenty to do

Shorter days means less bee activity

With summer solstice behind us, the days are gradually getting shorter, and with the change in season so too do we change over to another page in the beekeeping calendar.

Want to get started now but feel like you've missed the season?

Don’t worry – there's still plenty you can do!

It’s never too early to get your hive assembled & treated, to learn as much as you can and to start planting your pollinator garden!

Looking for the best way to start your beekeeping journey?

Our Flow Hive Classic Bundle includes everything you need to get started as a beekeeper, and is available now.

Featuring our best-selling Flow Hive Classic Araucaria 6, an organic beekeeper’s suit, stainless steel smoker, goatskin gloves, a J-Hive tool and a Flow Veil.

Get in touch with your local club

Depending on your location, there may be late season swarms or splits available – contact your local bee supplier or beekeeping club to check.

If they're all out, be first on the list for next season.
You may even find a local beekeeper who will share a late season hive split with you.

Why people love their Flow Hive

Daisy and Cameron have recently discovered the joy of beekeeping. Hear how the bees enrich their lives and their garden. As part of a new generation of beekeepers, their Flow Hive has allowed them to embark on their beekeeping journey without the need for harvesting equipment.

"Regardless of the honey, just having them here and that they're happy is beneficial for us. It's good for the garden and the vegetables we grow."

Think it’s too late to start?

If the timing isn’t right for you to introduce your bees, there are many steps you can take before next spring to set you on your way to becoming a beekeeper...

Keen on starting but feeling nervous?

Don't worry – Flow will be here to help you every step of the way. We have plenty of online resources to help you gain confidence.
Here's some tips to find the best help for your learning style...

Online beginner beekeeping course

Fast-track your learning easily and enjoyably at TheBeekeeper.org. Learn in your own time with high-quality, expert-lead video lessons explaining what you need to know in order to feel confident looking after your bees.

Bee mentorship

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.

Dave’s beginner beekeeping story

Meet Dave and Marina, who keep their Flow Hive on their Washington D.C. rooftop.

"One of the coolest things I’ve ever done in my life was pull out the first frame, crawling with bees. And I just thought, why didn’t I do this 20 years ago?

So just do it! Learn about the regulations in your area, find someone who can answer your questions. Read a lot, but don’t be intimated.

Because it’s guaranteed one of the coolest things you’ll ever, ever do.

Dave’s beginner beekeeping story

Meet Dave and Marina, who keep their Flow Hive on their Washington D.C. rooftop.

"One of the coolest things I’ve ever done in my life was pull out the first frame, crawling with bees. And I just thought, why didn’t I do this 20 years ago?

So just do it! Learn about the regulations in your area, find someone who can answer your questions. Read a lot, but don’t be intimated.

Because it’s guaranteed one of the coolest things you’ll ever, ever do.

Autumn Beekeeping Tasklist

How do I protect my hive?

Assemble and paint your hive (you’ll have time to get creative!)
Your hive will need protection from the elements – we recommend painting Araucaria or staining Cedar , while leaving the inside fresh and natural for the bees.

Choose a perfect location

Flow Hives are kept in a variety of locations – from small urban areas such as balconies, rooftops and suburban backyards to large rural properties.

It’s important to check with your local council's regulations on urban beekeeping and consider proximity to neighbours when locating your hive. If they are very close and you think they might have some concerns, it’s worth talking to them first to see how your decision to keep bees is likely to be received. The offer of an occasional jar of delicious local honey might sweeten them up!

Register as a beekeeper

Depending on your location, there will be different regulations on beekeeping in your area, and you will probably have to register with a local authority.

It’s a perfect time to find out what you need to do. Our Community Forum is a great place to connect with other beekeepers and get pointed in the right direction.

Start collecting jars for your first harvest

Look for some really nice containers to store your first batch of liquid gold!

Each Flow Frame holds approximately 3 kg (6.5 lb) of unprocessed honey, this can increase if the bees really build each frame out. Bee prepared with plenty of jars for next year’s harvest!

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.

Find plants that bloom at different times of the year. 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.

Want a Autumn starter bundle?

Our special Starter Bundle has everything you need and an excellent saving.

FAQS

Does the Flow Hive work with rapeseed honey? 

Yes it is possible to use Flow technology with Rapeseed Honey, as long as it is harvested before it crystallises.

Rapeseed oil (also known as oilseed rape and canola) normally blooms towards winter in the UK and other countries, and as such many traditional beekeepers will leave this for the bees for winter. Others actively remove the super knowing when rape-seed harvest is expected.

If you choose to leave your Flow Super on for winter with rapeseed honey, the bees will eat this honey and clean the frames out before the spring nectar flow.

What do I do when honey crystalises?

As with any type of honey extraction, crystallisation can be an issue.

If honey has crystallised in the Flow Frames, you can either disrupt the cells in the frames by inserting the Flow Key and moving it to the harvest or open position. This will prompt the bees to remove the crystallised honey and repair the comb.

Alternatively, you can remove the Flow Frames from the super and soaked them in warm water to soften crystallised honey making it possible to harvest. This may be best done as a bench harvest so you can ensure the honey is flowing well or return the frames to the hive and harvest in the usual way.

Does the Flow Hive work in wet, cold temperatures?

Yes! The Flow Hive is successfully in use in all climates wherever beekeeping is possible, from hot climates to cold.

In cold climates, it’s important to ensure your bees have enough resources for overwintering and to harvest before crystallization occurs.

Some beekeepers in the cold climates prefer to use larger hives, either Flow Hives with 7 frames (equivalent to a 10 frame Langstroth) or a Flow UK National Super to provide extra resources for overwintering.

Why does a Flow Hive cost more than a langstroth hive?

Although Flow Hives require an initial outlay, in the long run, the amount of time, effort and expensive extraction equipment required to harvest from a Langstroth hive make the pricing comparable.

Flow technology is the first of it’s kind in the world. As with any new invention, the pricing is reflective of this. We aim to do business with all those involved in the creation of our products in an ethical and sustainable manner, and this is a further contributing factor to the price of our products.

All plastics used are of the highest quality available, all timber used is sustainably sourced, harvested, and milled, which means it is more expensive than using lower grade, less environmentally conscious timber sources. All staff are paid fair wages and employed in fair-trade conditions.

We are endeavouring to make this premium product as accessible as possible, and have a range of options to suit different budgets.