Water a few days before you plant
so you can get the shovel into the moist, BUT NOT wet, ground. Here's another how to plant.
If you live in the country, pay attention to the critters this time of the year. They are watching you and your garden. They will know when you put any food out there, that is plant anything with green leaves.
If you live in urban areas or in a town, the worst critters you'll have trouble with are gophers and gold finches(they can strip the leaves off of a vegetable garden).
If there are no critters, and you can pre-wtaer, fall is here and the planting is easier than in summer. Not as easy as winter, but we're going crazy not being about to plant anything outside so let the planting begin!