I pretty much have had a "brown thumb" my entire life. I keep trying though! Last year I had a "mini garden" in containers on our back deck though that went pretty well for not having a clue what I was doing! But, more ion that later.
After last summer's mild success, I started at looking at things I could grow inside over the long winter. In June of last year, I had an Avocado seed (from within an Avocado that had become Guacamole for my hot dog...sounds gross, but tastes awesome). So, I did a little "googling" and calling my mother (who has a great green thumb) and ended up popping toothpicks in the sides to suspend the large seed over a juice glass. After keeping it with the large end soaking for months, it finally sprouted and was big enough to get moved to a planter with dirt in it by mid- to late-October!
Think Geek right before Christmas! Out of what I planted, only 5 sprouted...and 3 of those died off. But, I currently have two tiny Aloe plants growing in my kitchen window! This stuff grows painfully slow, but will be well worth it in about 5 years, lol! Three months of growth and I have two tiny plants that are about 1" tall and are maybe 1/8" wide! But, they both have a second leaf popping out!