You’ve been talking about it for ages, and now is the time to spring into action! Spring is the ideal season to bee-gin your beekeeping adventure.
Our Flow Technology is wonderful for beginners (or even experienced beekeepers who haven’t had a colony for a while) as it provides easy access to harvesting honey without all the extra equipment.
So don’t delay any longer, order your Flow Hive and start your beekeeping journey today.
- Spring is the easiest time to purchase or acquire your colony (starter colonies often sell out quickly, so unless you act quickly you may be waiting another year to fulfill your beekeeping dream). There are many ways you can get your colony set up and thriving - see our blog.
- It’s the natural time for bees to raise queen cells in preparation for swarming—another great way to get your first bee colony—so you need to be prepared with a brood box (included when you purchase your Flow Hive).
- Allows plenty of time for your new colony to settle in to their brood box, your new Queen to start laying eggs and boosting bee numbers, and maximum time for your bees to collect pollen and nectar to make honey during the bountiful spring months.
- Being set up early provides the opportunity to collect more honey and increases your chances of successful harvests in the first year. Your first priority with honey harvesting must be to ensure you leave enough honey and nectar stores for your girls to eat over the winter months.
- Now the weather has now warmed up, flowers (bee tucker) are becoming bloomin’ abundant. Gardening Australia has some great information on what to feed your girls.
Your to-do list
Beekeeping Like A Girl blogger, Hilary Kearney, also shared It’s Flow time! Setting up and preparing for spring
She said—if this is your first spring with bees, here’s your ‘to do’ list.
- Make sure you reserve your packages and starter colonies early. They often sell out.
- Build your Flow Hive boxes and take steps to protect the wood, either with outdoor sealant (western red cedar) or exterior house paint (araucaria). Give your equipment plenty of time to dry out before your bees arrive.
- Find out if ants are a problem in your area. If so, you should take steps to protect your hive from invasions. Build or purchase a hive stand with legs and then create moats or sticky barriers around them to keep ants out.
- Set up a water source for your bees and it’s a good idea to begin planting flowers for them as well.
- Importantly, you should connect with your local beekeeping group to find out about mentorship opportunities and classes.
- Happy beekeeping, but be warned it can be addictive!
"If we look after the bees, they'll look after us."