Anyone can germinate avocados from seed! Forget the toothpick method. You do not even need any soil. Just wash away the flesh from the avocado pits, and wrap the pits in a damp paper towel. Then place the wrapped pits in a plastic bag. I used a snack bag (See Photo 1). After you seal the bag, place the bag in a warm, dark place. I placed my bag on top of my refrigerator. Now just ignore it for a few weeks. It will take about two to four weeks for your pits to sprout (See Photo 2).
Photo 1: Avocado pits have been cleaned, wrapped in a damp paper towel, and sealed in a snack bag.
Photo 2: Both avocado pits have germinated