I don't understand the opposite side of some of the player boards. How come two of the boards have almost the same thing of both sides except for the edges: one side has the normal trees, and the other side has brown fenced off areas. My first guess is that that's for the players supply of stuff, but if that's the case, then how come only two of the boards have it?
I remember reading in another forum thread that the bins on one side of the boards were for those people that like to have places for the tokens and cubes.
On the back of two other farm boards there are areas for the cubes and tokens to be sorted for ease of play, if you like that kind of thing.
Finally, on the back of 1 farm board and 2 of the round boards, there are tutorials to help explain the game. I have not tried to explain the game using them, so I don't know how useful they are at this point.
So really, those 2 boards are personal choice. Do you like the bins or not. My boys like having the bins to put their stuff in, I don't mind either way.
Original player boards should have just the hedges.
Those alternate ones were added as an afterthought, so they don't leave the other sides blank; I think the idea was to offer a newbie-version of the board, what with the sowing aid on the side and whatnot.
Weird thing was, many folks prefer those versions and are irked there are so few of them. But I think I read somewhere Uwe (the designer) dislikes them, so I don't think they will replace the clearer, "hedged" ones as the default.