After some research we decided to possibly use 4 different plants, 2 with normal roots and 2 are root vegetables. We were thinking about germinating them and then exposing the 4 different plants to the same level of acidic rain. We don't know for sure how acidic it will be yet but we were thinking about using a pH of around 4.0 or 3.5, unless we find a more accurate level from our area. We were then going to measure the healthiness or quality of the vegetable to see if acidic rain effects how well different types of vegetables grow depending on their root types. Currently we have 25 seeds of each of the normal rooted plants germinating and plan on germinating 25 seeds of the other two as well, but we were wondering how many different pots of each seed should we plant and how many seeds should be in each pot?
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