I marked each plant and checked every day to see how they were doing. It is ridiculous how excited I was to see those first green shoots from the beets and radishes. I planted radishes not only because Joel loves them, but because I knew they were a fast (and therefore, satisfying) crop. I also planted squash in a big pot.
I made sure to mulch them well to hold moisture in and keep weeds out. It did not, however, do much to keep bugs away!