I just made my first food plot this year and I did a section in hotspot and a section in whitetail institute no plow. I chose these because they are advertised to be easy (just rake the ground to get seed to soil contact) and they are not supposed to need as much sun as other plants. What they don't tell you is that the directions are about twice as long on the bag and require lime, and fertilizer, and work better doing all the preparation you would do with a normal plot. So far, not much is growing with either one for me. After reading the directions on the bag, I went to a hardware store, bought lime and fertilizer, and spread both on top of the ground before spreading the seed. I later found out that lime should be mixed in with the soil for best results, so it is going to take more time for the lime to have much effect. I would say if you have good soil already, hotspot should be relatively easy to get to grow , but you will still need 10-10-10 fertilizer. I also recommend spraying the area with roundup after you clear the ground and then waiting a week to spread the seed to keep weeds from coming back. Like I said, I havn't gotten much growth, but this is my first time with a food plot. I will be checking up on the plot the first week in October and I will let you know how things have developed. Also, I hunt in Juneau county and we have really sandy soil.