I used a pot that had mint growing in it until last year, when it died over the winter. I dug in the soil with a garden trowel to loosen it. I followed the package directions and just sprinkled some seeds on top of the soil but didn’t cover them. The seeds might need light to germinate, like some flower seeds.
I then watered the pot. Because the water may have buried some of the basil seeds, I decided to sprinkle a few more on the wet soil. I covered the pot with plastic wrap to keep the soil from drying out.
I watered with warm water, so already there’s condensation. Plastic wrap never seems to stick to anything but itself, so I used some tape to fasten it to the pot. I put the pot on a plant stand in front of a window where it will get some afternoon light.