Let's suppose that your seed bed is in perfect condition and the seed is at hand. Now comes the business of sowing.

Choose a calm day. It is impossible to sow evenly if it is breezy. Divide the seed to be sown in half; then, walking in parallel paths in one direction (say north and south), sow one-half of the seed as evenly as you possibly can over the whole area. When this has been accomplished, sow the remaining seed over the same area, walking in parallel paths at right angles to the original direction. In this way you will get the most even distribution. The sowing may be done by hand or with a mechanical seeder adjusted to let the seed fall at the density required.

If you sow by hand, use this technique. Bend your back. Take a handful of seeds. Hold them with the fingers somewhat cupped and very slightly separated. Then with your hand moving parallel with the ground and about eighteen inches above it, swing your arm freely in a semicircular motion and allow the seeds to scatter in an even, fine cloud from the upper part of the hand. Don't close your fist so tightly that the seed leaves your hand in a heavy stream from between forefinger and thumb. To secure even distribution, you may find it advantageous to stretch parallel strings, six to ten feet apart (to suit your convenience) across the ground surface and to walk slowly down the center of each
marked-off strip as you sow, scattering the seeds from string to string. With practice you will have no difficulty in perfecting this technique so that you sow evenly.

After the seeds have been scattered, rake them into the surface so that they are covered to a depth of half an inch or so. When the whole area is sown, roll it slowly with a medium-weight roller or pat the surface firm with the back of a spade or light wooden tamper.