I have had good luck on planting this year. I planted my first a day or two before we had rain in the forecast for 3 days and it did come a good rain - started the evening after I planted.
Then since then we have had several decent rains and I planed right after those rains and man the woods dirt worked up nicely for planting - even using nothing but a leaf rake.
In my last 2-3 plantings I found a method that I really like and wanted to share it with you.
One thing I like about it is you use nothing but a leaf rake, and you get those seeds put on top of some soft dirt and cover them with some soft dirt/leaf mulch, then leaves.
Here are a few pics showing how I did that.
First - the equipment/materials used.
I used my seng digger to clear small saplings from the beds, then after that only used the leaf rake. I have been using a combination of gypsum and bonemeal.