CdA Life

The general things that make Coeur d'Alene the best place to live

Gardening in Coeur d'Alene

Click to view a larger version North Idaho isn't well known as a gardener's paradise. Long, harsh winters, early frosts in fall, heavy snowfall, late spring frosts and less than desirable soil conditions can make growing a garden challenging. With this year's unusually early spring weather, it is inevitable that many people's thoughts will turn to gardening.

The Coeur d'Alene area is largely a zone 6b area with outlying areas, primarily to the east, being Zone 6b. The immediate CdA area typically sees approximately 120-130 frost-free days and winters often reach lows between 0o to -10o Fahrenheit.

The University of Idaho offers this information about soil conditions and growing plants in Idaho's northern region. "The frost free growing season is about 90 to 150 days in the valleys and 60 to 90 days in the mountains. Soils in the region are generally slightly to very acid and range from sandy to heavy clay soils. Silt loam soils are common and poor soil drainage is often a concern. For this region, cold hardy, early ripening fruit and cool-season vegetable varieties perform best."

Despite the challenges of growing a garden in our area, it can be done very successfully with proper planning and a careful choice of the plant varieties.

Planting Days

Free Community Thanksgiving Meals - 2014

There will be three Thanksgiving Day meals provided for the community this year, serving thousands of people throughout the area.

Opening first on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, will be The Fedora at 1736 W. Kathleen Ave in Coeur d'Alene. The Fedora will be offering free Thanksgiving Day dinners starting at 11:00a and continuing until 4:00p. For more information or to see how you can assist, call 208.765.8888 or email

The Lake City Center (see detailed post) will be providing meals from noon to 2:00p on Thanksgiving at 1916 Lakewood Dr. in Coeur d'Alene. Learn more by calling 509.226.3208 or emailing

St. George Catholic Church at 2004 N. Lucas St. in Post Falls will be offering a Thanksgiving Day meal from 2:00p to 4:00p. For more information, call 208.773.4715.

Today's Solar Eclipse

If you can get a glimpse through the cloudy, rainy skies above Coeur d'Alene today, you might be able to see a partial solar eclipse. Today's eclipse begins over Coeur d'Alene at 1:45p and reaches maximum eclipse at 3:09p. The partial eclipse ends at 4:25p.

Today's weather is expected to continue to be cloudy with scattered thunderstorms through early afternoon, likely making it impossible to see the eclipse from the ground in Coeur d'Alene.

This eclipse is only a partial eclipse, and will not be visible as a total eclipse from any vantage point. If the sun were visible today, approximately 60% would be covered from the partial eclipse when viewed from Coeur d'Alene.

The next solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 will be a total eclipse when viewed from areas south of Coeur d'Alene, while in our area it will be visible as a near-total eclipse with more than 90% of the sun covered.

During any solar eclipse (just like any other time), you do not want to look directly at the sun, as it could permanently damage your vision. Cameras may also be damaged by pointing them at the sun for any period of time. The best way to view or photograph the sun during an eclipse is to use welder's goggles to shield your eyes and a solar filter to protect your camera.

Weekend Events: July 26-27, 2014

Saturday, July 26

Kootenai County Farmers' Market - 9:00a to 1:30p
Southeast corner of Prairie & Hwy 95
Fresh, locally-grown produce, crafts and other products along with live entertainment make the Saturday Farmer's Market a great way to spend the morning. This event will also include Miss Mandi craft time--stop by for crafts and a free book for children 0-18 years! This week's music will be provided by Dan Faller.

Hayden Days Parade - 10:00a to 11:00a
From Hayden Ave. to Honeysuckle Ave. along Govt. Way
The Hayden Days Parade is presented along with a slate of other events celebrating Hayden happening throughout the weekend.

R/C Airshow - 10:00a
CAMS Field, 10428 N. Hwy 41 - Post Falls
Head out to the CAMS Field and see a selection of radio-controlled planes take flight. Bleachers are set up for spectators, and you will be able to tour the pit areas, see the planes close up and chat with the pilots. This is a free event sponsored by the Post Falls Library Foundation.

My Fair Lady - 2:00p to 5:00p
Coeur d'Alene Kroc Center

Independence Day 2014

Independence Day 2014Coeur d'Alene's Independence Day festivities are always a great time, and the Fourth of July American Heroes Parade this year was no exception. We'll have additional photos (and maybe some video!) available soon.

There are ongoing festivities throughout the day in Coeur d'Alene City Park today, cincluding music, food vendors and games.

Tonight, Coeur d'Alene will host North Idaho's largest fireworks display over Coeur d'Alene Lake at dusk. Fireworks will start around 9:45-10:00p and can be seen for miles on and around the lake.