So I'm wondering which way should be pointing up for a straw bale garden. The narrow side or the flat side where the strings run across?
The wide flat side where the strings are.
You want the strings to run horizontal to the ground. You never want the strings on the ground, as they will rot.
I was just reading a bit about this - You want the tubes of straw vertical so that water will run through them.
Here is a link that might be useful: Straw Bale Gardens
I'm in a bit of a pickle then. The tubes of straw on my bales are on the string sides, so one side of strings would have to be in contact with the ground in order for the tube openings to be up. What would you all recommend I do?