The value of having a plot on low ground with just a little shade has become apparent to me this year. I got a great rain the day after planting and everything came up - but now it has been 20 days and not a drop. The morning dews have been good, and along with the low ground, I think that is all that's saving me so far. I planted a virtual cornucopia of different seed together this year as an experiment. I had my normal cool season stuff but added a dusting of buckwheat and sunhemp to the fall mix. My reasoning was that I would get some use out of the warm season stuff until it died out and then the cool season stuff would be there ready to go. How is everything doing without the rain? Wheat - looks green and is about 4 inches high. Just kind of stalled out waiting for more rain. Oats - About the same as the wheat. Diakon Radishes - Once they germinate, the drought can't touch them much. However, they are not growing fast. Red and White Perennial Clovers - This has me worried. Not seeing much yet. Either needs more rain to germinate or possibly some has germinated and died. Crimson Clover - lots has germinated and looks pretty good. Sunhemp - Very green and about 5 inches tall. Kind of stalled out right now. Buckwheat - About 8 inches tall and stalled out needing more rain. Chicory - Lots has germinated and about 3 inches tall. This is the day I did throw and mow just before the rain came: This is the best section on the lowest side where it gets some shade. I wish it was all this good, This is out in the hottest and driest part. Not bad but spotty and needing a drink. My worst fear at this point is that I will lose (or have lost) a lot of my perennial clover. Another thing is that since this is taking off so slowly, I can see some crabgrass coming up in the thin spots. We are not out of the woods yet - still not a good forecast in the near future. I think if this had been on the ridge land rather than the low area, it would be toast now.