In Kamchatka, a peninsula in the Russian Far East that is about the size of California, folks build thermal greenhouses out of heavy duty plastic sheeting and frames made of scrap wood. My hosts had cucumbers, carrots, several varieties of lettuce, radishes, dill and other vegetables growing. The geothermal steam also fed their banya. It could be done in the US too – we have geothermal resources. My dad built such a plastic green house over a patio next to the house to grow winter vegetables in the 1960’s and heated it with a wood stove. That was in ‘exotic’ suburbs of Washington DC.
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