Spring is the time to start beekeeping

Spring is the perfect time to start beekeeping and your first step is to bee prepared. We have a swarm of resources available to support you as you discover the fascinating world of bees.

Spring is the time to start beekeeping

Spring is the perfect time to start beekeeping and your first step is to bee prepared. We have a swarm of resources available to support you as you discover the fascinating world of bees.

Backyard Beekeeping is becoming increasingly popular. Many new people are discovering the joy of caring for their very own colony, boosting their gardens with the pollination power of over 40,000 little helpers and harvesting their own unique blends of honey.

In most places, 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.

As a new beekeeper, the time is now, and your first step is to bee prepared. That means purchasing and assembling your hive, work out its best location, start your pollinator garden (your bees will thank you for it), and learn as much as you can. But be warned, bee keeping is addictive!

Why people love their Flow Hive

Australian swimming legend Johanna Griggs has confessed that she’s become bee obsessed.

“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!”

New to beekeeping? This hive is for you

Our Starter Bundles are specially designed for beginners – featuring our popular Flow Hive Classic bundled together with a beekeeping suit kit, smoker and Flow veil – with everything you need to get started, all you’ll need is the bees!

Keen on beekeeping this spring but still feeling lost?

No need to feel nervous, choose the option below which is most suited to your learning style.

Keen on beekeeping this spring but still feeling lost?

No need to feel nervous, choose the option below which is most suited to your learning style.

Online beginner beekeeping course

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

Bee mentorship

Have a friend who’s an existing beekeeper, or maybe there’s someone via your local bee club willing to be your bee mentor? There is nothing quite like experiential, hands-on learning.

The Flow Forum is 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!

Bee clubs

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 neighbour

"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 get bees?

One of the most frequently asked questions from new beekeepers is – “How do I get bees?”
Here are some of the ways you can source a colony to call your own.

Purchase a nucleus (nuc)

This is a small colony which includes a laying queen, workers, drones and 4 or 5 frames of brood and honey. (video)

Split a hive / buy package

A great one if you have a friend who’s a beekeeper – this is where you take the equivalent of a nuc from an existing hive.

Not sure where you can set up a hive?

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.

You may need to register your hive or as a beekeeper, or that local regulations approve before you can start keeping bees. Check with your local council and state department of agriculture or primary industries for requirements in your area.

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.