PUMPKIN PLANTING SESSIONS!
Come along to Udny Pumpkins this spring to plant a pumpkin, visit our friendly animals and even meet a baby chick!
WHEN ARE THE PUMPKIN PLANTING SESSIONS?
These will be held during the second week of the Easter holidays. Each session lasts an hour and a half.
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE PUMPKIN PLANTING SESSIONS?
The first half of the session is focused on planting pumpkins. The children begin by collecting compost from the compost heap, then use that in the polytunnel to plant their seeds in colourful pots. They water them, label them and learn about how to care for them. The second half of the session is spent visiting and feeding the animals on the smallholding. This is likely to include sheep, hens, turkeys and baby chicks. At the end of the session they take their pots with their planted pumpkin seeds home to try to grow into a pumpkin.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
£12.50 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult (there is no charge for adults). Siblings who are too young to join in are welcome to come along and watch.
WHAT AGE IS IT SUITABLE FOR?
Anyone is welcome to take part but the sessions are mainly aimed at children up to the end of primary school. We don't have a minimum age but to get the most out of the sessions a child would probably need to be at least 3. This year we have divided the sessions into those aimed at older children and those aimed at younger children, but these are not set in stone. If you have children of different ages please feel free to book them into the same session.
The children do need to be able to follow a few instructions in a group setting. However, we are happy to take younger children as long as they are accompanied by an adult who is happy to be hands on and help the child. Sometimes adults like to bring a baby to plant a pumpkin on their behalf, and we are very happy with this. If a parent/carer thinks a child will be too young to join in, they are very welcome to come and watch if an older sibling has booked.
WHAT DO I TAKE HOME?
Your planted pumpkin, a spare seed in case the first one doesn't germinate, instructions at help you care for your pumpkin plant as it grows and the password to a pumpkin growing club on Facebook, which Jenny will update with tips throughout the growing season.
I DON'T HAVE A LARGE GARDEN TO GROW MY PUMPKIN. DOES THAT MATTER?
No! At the planting session you will be given the choice of a mini or standard variety of pumpkin to grow. Both can be successfully planted on into a large pot or grow bag. They don't need a large vegetable plot. So as long as you have some outdoor space (even a balcony) you will be fine.
DO YOU HAVE A TOILET?
Yes there will be a portaloo.
DO YOU HAVE A CAFE?
No we do not have refreshments available at the pumpkin planting sessions. However, we are spoilt for choice with so many lovely cafes nearby. These include the Coffee Apothecary, The Barn, The Murly Tuck, the cafes at Haddo and Formartine's. Please bring a drink for your child if they are likely to get thirsty as they may do a lot of running around.
DO YOU HAVE HAND WASHING FACILITIES?
Yes and at the end of each session we ensure that all visitors wash their hands. This is extremely important after touching the animals.
HOW DO WE FIND YOU?
We are located near Udny Green, about 9 miles north of Aberdeen. If using the sat nav, the postcode is AB41 6SP but note this will take you to a farmhouse around the corner. With this on your right, drive to the end of the road, turn right and Udny Pumpkins is the first on the right. If approaching from Aberdeen, drive along the B999 towards Pitmedden. Take the left turning marked Millbank, just before the turning to Udny Station. Udny Pumpkins is just over a mile up that road on the right.
WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?
Warm clothes that can get messy and, most importantly, wellies. It can be very muddy.
DO YOU CATER TO CHILDREN WITH ADDITIONAL SUPPORT NEEDS?
We have a smaller ASN session. Equally, children with additional support needs are very welcome in any of our sessions. Please contact Jenny if you would like to discuss specific needs.
CAN YOU CATER FOR SCHOOL OR PLAYGROUP VISITS?
We may be able to cater to group visits. Please contact us for more information. Jenny, who runs the sessions, has PVG certification under Disclosure Scotland and a risk assessment is available on request.