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.
Taste the difference
Honey tells the story of its local landscape like nothing else – from its colour to its flavour, it allows us to experience our environment in a brand-new way.
What’s more, our revolutionary Flow technology lets you harvest in small batches directly to your jar, without the blending of conventional harvesting. The result? Each jar has its own unique taste profile, depending on which flowers the bees have foraged from. You’ll be amazed at the rich variety of colours, flavours and aromas a single hive can produce!
Your questions answered
Jamie Oliver recently answered our most common questions by newbees. He purchased his first Flow Hive in 2020, and has now expanded to 5 Flow Hives. He shared his wisdom to his social media followers.
Starting with a Flow Hive
Flow Hives are a fantastic hive for beginners. They’re easy to use and make harvesting honey so much easier for the beekeeper and so much gentler on the bees.
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.
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 required is minimal, but will vary a little depending on the season.
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.
It’s important to treat the timber on your hive to give it the best weather protection possible for your climate, especially the roof – it’s the first line of defence against the weather. Read more
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.
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.
An important part of getting your new hive up and running is ensuring that it’s registered. This step is a crucial part of becoming a beekeeper and helps protect our biosecurity.
Part of beekeeping is ensuring you’re informed about things that may impact not only your bees but the wider beekeeping community, such as biosecurity. The good news is there are a number of simple steps you can take to support the health of your bees when you’re getting started.
From staying abreast of any industry news, to registering your hive, to knowing what to look for in terms of pests and diseases, understanding these practices now will set you up for success moving forward!