Maybe I will try both, some in the ground and some in containers like you are talking about. I have read articles on both and last spring I tried the large container with soil, then the potato cuttigs, then straw, every time they grew I added more straw, they did well at the beginning - but then they started to rot. We did not have heavy rain, so I am not sure why the rotting, did the container make them too hot, or did it keep them too moist, I am not sure, but was so disappointed after the beautiful start. That is why I wanted to try them in the ground. I will try to read that article, just read Joy of Gardening again and he does it under heavy mulch but said the crop is reduced. I thought maybe in the raised bed the soil would be warmer then in the ground. These are not spouted, do you think I should cut them and leave them out to spout, or just cut them and put them in the ground, or does it really matter?