Smooth out the soil in your garden planter and pat it down gently. You want your soil to be loose, but you also want an even surface.
If you are planting seeds, look at the information on your seed packet to see how deep and far apart you should plant your seeds. Make rows in the soil according to the directions on your seed packets.
If you are using any fencing put it in before you plant your seeds, so you won't disturb the seeds.