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FROM READERS: Photos from "dirt day" (a.k.a. getting ready for planting)

Thursday, February 9, 2012 | 3:46 p.m. CST; updated 1:44 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 22, 2012

John Hall frequently photographs his mid-Missouri surroundings, and he has been sharing his images with MyMissourian.com for several years.

“Dirt Day” in my vernacular is when I head to Strawberry Hill and purchase the potting soil for the heirloom tomato seeds I plant each year. My seeds arrived last week from Tomato Bob in Hilliard, Ohio, and yesterday I started setting up the trays, lighting system and fans in order to have sturdy plants by outdoor planting in early May.

Yep, spring is coming to mid-Missouri although it has felt like spring since November.

It isn’t easy to fool an old guy so I’m sure there is a lot of cold coming between now and the time for the annual rite of tomato planting.

The caravan to the dirt farm today was the driver, two English Cockers and the camera. Since I had it handy I figured I’d take a couple of photos. If you like them that’s a plus. If you didn’t you’ll have to wait until I can take another journey into the great outdoors. Or you can ask that I submit some of the 200+ more photos I took and didn’t include. I think today I was partial to outbuilding and winding streams.

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