It has been abnormally dry here too. We need a good steady 24 hour rain, maybe 2 or 3 inches to really soak in. Its been a bit on the hot side too. July is the hottest month of the year with an average high of 80 but it was a little warmer than that this year. One day hit 90. Above 80 and I start to melt.
We only get one growing season of about 4 months that you can count on to be frost-free so no second plantings here. Any given year can go longer than that but there’s no knowing when the last frost will be so most folks wait until late May to plant. Earlier than that may work out or it may not. A couple years ago we had light frosts in early June. That was a very rare event. The 1st frost generally comes in early Oct, though there is always a risk of it coming in late Sept. You can’t know so 4 months is what you can bank on and you plan accordingly.