The Complete Book of Potatoes: What Every Grower and Gardener Needs to Know

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Timber Press, Apr 25, 2011 - Gardening - 260 pages
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The only comprehensive resource for home gardeners and commercial potato growers, The Complete Book of Potatoes has everything a gardener or commercial potato grower needs to successfully grow the best, disease-resistant potatoes for North American gardens. Includes practical as well as technical information about the potato plant, its origin, conventional and organic production techniques, pest management, and storage practices. The plant profiles include still life photographs of the exterior and interior of the tuber, and a succinct description of each variety’s physical and culinary qualities.

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CHAPTER 1 Plant Structure and Function
CHAPTER 2 Cultivar Descriptions A to Z
CHAPTER 3 Soils and Fertility
CHAPTER 4 Seed Potatoes
CHAPTER 5 Establishing and Maintaining Plants
CHAPTER 6 Pests and Other Problems
CHAPTER 11 Cultivar Development and Genetic Resources
CHAPTER 12 Distribution Domestication and Classification
CHAPTER 13 History of the Potato in Europe and North America
APPENDIX 1 Sources for Seed Potatoes
APPENDIX 2 Organizations and Newsletters
APPENDIX 3 Potato Names
APPENDIX 4 Stamps Museums and Monuments

CHAPTER 7 Growing Potatoes the Organic Way
CHAPTER 8 Special Techniques for Growing Potatoes
CHAPTER 9 Harvesting and Storing
CHAPTER 10 Uses of the Potato

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Hielke is a native of the Netherlands. He spent most of his career as a potato breeder at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Potato Research Centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Hielke has traveled widely throughout the Americas and East Asia where he served as a volunteer consultant and lecturer on potato related issues. He is a Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada, an Honorary Life Member of the Potato Association of America and an Honorary Professor of the Hunan Agricultural University in China.

Hielke and his wife, Siegelinde, reside in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario where he enjoys gardening, biking and collecting potato stamps. They have three grown children of whom co-author Walter is one.

Walter grew up in Eastern Canada.  Although surrounded by potatoes and potato people throughout his childhood, Walter only realized midway through graduate school — because growing potatoes in his garden was so much fun! — that he wanted to become a potato scientist like his father.  Walter is an Associate Professor at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where he oversees both an applied potato breeding program and a potato molecular genetics laboratory.  He and his wife, Darlene, have two children.

Joe began his professional career as an extension agent in Steuben County in the southern tier of New York in 1964. He joined the staff of the Department of Vegetable Crops at Cornell University in 1968 where he had responsibility for the extension and applied research program for horticultural aspects of potato production. In 1980 he relocated to Riverhead, NY to assume the responsibility of Coordinator at Cornell's Long Island Horticultural Research Center. He has been an active member of the Potato Association of America, a professional society for the advancement of knowledge of all aspects of the potato. He has served this organization in many capacities, including as President and was elected Honorary Life Member.

He has co-authored two editions of the Potato Association of America Handbook, Commercial Potato Production In North America.

Joe and his wife, Mary Ann, have three grown children. 

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