The following comes from W. W. Phelps, Almanac for the Year 1859: The Third after Leap Year; and after the 6th of April, Thirtieth year of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Great Salt Lake City, UT: J. McKnight, 1859), 4:
FEBRUARY should be considered the month of preparation. If the weather permits spade the ground, lay off the gardens, make ready for onions, they may be sown in this month as well as in March and April. Prepare for asparagus by manure to coax it up early. A diligent hand upon a medium sized body accomplishes more than a lazy giant.